Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

F1 British GP: Ricciardo needs more speed to continue podium run

F1 British GP: Ricciardo needs more speed to continue podium run

"One simply couldn't have been higher than one was", Ricciardo said before he addressed flying off the track at Silverstone.

Ricciardo had been leading the timesheets for much of Q1, however, he was forced to stop his Red Bull half way through the session and with conditions improving, he plummeted down the timesheets and was knocked out of qualifying.

The Aussie started from 19th on the grid because of a five-place penalty for a gearbox change combined with a horror qualifying session that saw his RB13 suffer a turbo failure.

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"I suspect the floor would have had a bit of damage after that".

"I caught Hulkenberg with a few laps to go and then Seb had his issue which handed me fifth, so danke Sebastian." . "Obviously I don't know how this now affects us for the rest of the season, probably losing an engine now, but maybe it's repairable".

The Australian comes into the weekend on a run of five podiums, including a win in Azerbaijan, results that have lifted him to fourth in the overall standings ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

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"I'm just disappointed not to show more of what we could do in qualifying as these conditions should have given us a bit more of an opportunity".

"I've been really happy with how I've been putting my Sundays together for the last handful of races, it's been strong and to get fifth from the back today I really couldn't ask for more", said Ricciardo. "Mixed weather could hopefully help me out but I think in either these or dry conditions we can fight through the field and get inside the top ten".

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