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Ricciardo: It was a bit of a nothing race

Wednesday 31st July 2013

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Ricciardo: It was a bit of a nothing race

Ricciardo: It was a bit of a nothing race

Daniel Ricciardo endured another mixed weekend for Toro Rosso at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Australian made it into Q3 for the third consecutive race as he qualified eighth, but then fell away quite badly during the race and left the Hungaroring empty-handed as he finished P13th.

"There's lots of things to say about that but it boils down to us just not being quick enough," Ricciardo wrote in his blog on the official Toro Rosso website.

"We went for a two-stop strategy, we might have tried three and the team offered me that option over the radio but we didn't have the pace to make it work so I was happy to try two, gain track position and hope we would somehow get lucky. We didn't. Today was a lose-lose situation whatever we did: bit of a nothing race, unfortunately.

"We've had a couple like this recently, managing to string something out on one lap on Saturday. The performance in qualifying has probably exceeded where we were on the weekend up to that point. But then in the races, particularly in the early stints when we're heavy, we can't replicate anything like that performance.

"It's probably our weak point at the moment and something we have to understand because we're not quick enough. It'll come together though."

Despite his poor race pace, Ricciardo has plenty of positives to take on his four-week break, but he is also wary of the fact that other teams have stepped it up in recent weeks.

"Obviously the positive I take into the summer break is a string of races where I've qualified in the top ten," he wrote.

"I think the mentality now is that we expect to get there - I think I'm going to be an angry man if I qualify 11th or 12th now. It's an odd situation because it's the polar opposite of last year when we struggled in qualifying but were able to make something happen in the races. In 2012 appearing in Q3 had a real wow! factor.

"It's easy to get caught up in the bubble and think of this as a trend but it isn't. Looking up and down the grid there's other teams in similar situations. Force India were looking very good a while back but were firmly on the back foot this weekend. McLaren and Williams are now showing signs of progress. Things turn around quickly."

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