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Ricciardo: I gave it my all

Friday 19th July 2013

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Ricciardo: I gave it my all

Ricciardo: I gave it my all

Daniel Ricciardo says he gave it everything he had at Silverstone on Thursday to prove to Red Bull that he deserves a 2014 seat over Kimi Raikkonen.

Truth be told, Ricciardo was faster in his regular Toro Rosso in the morning than he was in the Red Bull, and he also had a spin during his audition for the champion team, but he dismissed any idea that he had blown his chances.

"I think I drove to my ability and did what I could," said Ricciardo, who could partner Sebastian Vettel next year.

"It was a bit tricky with Pirelli and the circumstances [of the test], as we were not really allowed to adjust the car. Ideally you would like to make some mechanical changes and set the car up for the conditions; but it is going to be the same for all the other guys.

"It was a good opportunity to get behind the wheel and experience two different beasts."

There was a lot of media attention on Ricciardo during the day, more than he's ever had to deal with, but the Australian says he was able to cope with the pressure just fine.

"It was just fun. Just excitement," he said. "It is nice to get the opportunity to drive the car and I definitely treated it as something more of excitement than a pressure.

"It was exciting. I think I did what I could. Let's see what happens."

Ricciardo said he would take note of Vettel's performance in the car on Friday, with his job now done and matters out of his hands.

"We will see what happens. It is not my decision. I've still got the season ahead with Toro Rosso.

"The last few races have been better so we need to keep continuing like that, and I think this test is something for them, for Red Bull, to look at.

"But there is still the rest of the season to observe. I wouldn't get too caught up in today; I need to switch back my focus to Toro Rosso.

"It was nice to get a few laps in the [Red Bull] car as testing is pretty limited," he added.

"If I don't get the chance, further down the track, that was already a nice little bonus. We will see what happens. I will watch Seb's times tomorrow and hopefully he won't put me to shame."

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