Last Race: 20th Jul Germany

Germany GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Nico Rosberg
2 Valtteri Bottas
3 Lewis Hamilton

Horner impressed with Ricciardo

Tuesday 1st April 2014


Horner impressed with Ricciardo

Horner impressed with Ricciardo

Red Bull boss Christian Horner is happy with the performances of Daniel Ricciardo, despite the Australian's disappointing start to his career with the Milton Keynes team.

Ricciardo finished in second place at the season-opener in Australia before being disqualified after breaching technical regulations relating to fuel flow sensor data - a ruling Red Bull are appealing.

Then in Malaysia last week, Ricciardo started from fifth on the grid but overtook Fernando Alonso at the start to find himself in a position just behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel and the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Disaster struck during the second round of pit stops, though. After being released, Ricciardo's car came to a standstill in the pit lane and had to be pushed back to the Red Bull pits, where they had to refit the left front wheel.

Having already lost more than a minute to his rivals, he was subsequently given a stop-go penalty for an unsafe release from the pits. Shortly after, he ran over the kerbs which resulted in a front wing failure, which led to a puncture and another forced pit stop.

In an attempt to preserve his car for the race in Bahrain this week, Red Bull retired him shortly after.

To make matters worse, the Australian was given a 10-place grid penalty at the next race as part of the punishment for that unsafe release.

"Daniel, I think, was fantastic today," Horner told right after the race in Malaysia.

"To anybody that said he wasn't committed enough over the first lap or so, I think he proved any doubters wrong - he's an absolute racer. He got stuck in and made the pass on Alonso, he went around the outside of Seb and gave them both enough room to work with, and he nearly had a run at [Nico] Rosberg as well.

"I think, for any team, it's a nervous time [seeing both its drivers going head to head], but they both gave each other plenty of space and there was no moaning over the radio or anything like that. They just got on with it.

"Everything we've seen from Daniel has been enormously impressive in the way he handles things, the way he handles adversity. Today didn't go his way, but he gets out of the car and there's a smile on his face. He knows it'll come right."

Regarding the penalty he received, Horner wasn't too despondent.

"The rules, I think, are pretty clear," he added.

"For an unsafe release, it's a stop-go penalty of ten seconds and a ten-place grid penalty for the next race. The punishment is harsh for the crime but, unfortunately, it's the rule, so that's what it'll be.

"The wheel wasn't located correctly.

"It went on okay and was done up, but the gunman felt something wasn't quite right. In going to put a couple of extra turns on [the wheel nut], the latch on the gun had switched back across, so he effectively undid it. It's one of those things - this pit crew have the fastest stops in pit-lane but, today, a mistake was made. That's how it goes sometimes."

Race Day At The Hockenheimring

Editor's Picks

Winners & Losers: Germany

Winners & Losers: Germany

Not the best result, but Daniel Ricciardo drove the finest race of his F1 career on a storming afternoon at Hockenheim...

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

There appears to be a sense of déjà vu for Ferrari since the return of Kimi Raikkonen, and perhaps it's time for the team to cut their losses...

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Daniil Kvyat is bossing his more experienced team-mate, unlike Kevin Magnussen. Fernando Alonso still has the biggest margin...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...