Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has expressed his frustration after he finished 11th at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Ricciardo’s car was damaged when he was caught in between a crash involving team-mate Daniil Kvyat and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel at the second turn on the first lap.
While the Australian was able to continue, he struggled to keep up with the drivers at the front as the medium compound Pirelli tyres his team decided to use turned out to be a bad choice.
Ricciardo actually finished 12th, but was promoted to 11th after Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr had 10 seconds added to his time for pushing Renault’s Jolyon Palmer off the track during the race.
“It’s frustrating and a shame to be out of the race more or less from the first lap onwards but I think these things happen with racing,” Ricciardo told reporters. “After the start I felt a big hit. I saw Seb come into me but it looked like he got hit as well. We had a lot of damage and had to pit. We thought we’d try the mediums but that wasn’t really working.
“Unfortunately the damage was so much that we didn’t really learn anything from today’s race and we don’t know what our pace was. Barcelona and Monaco should be better, so we have a few races to be excited about.”
Following his 11th place finish in Sochi, Ricciardo sits in fourth place on the Formula 1 standings with 36 points.
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