Sunday recovery pleases Ricciardo

Wednesday 28-August-2013 10:45

Daniel Ricciardo is delighted to have left Belgium with a point after a disastrous qualifying session on Saturday.

The Australian started 19th on the Spa-Francorchamps grid, but he fought back brilliantly on race day to finish P10 and take his points tally for the season to 12.

"Sunday was a good day, but we didn't have a great weekend in Belgium," Ricciardo said in his blog on the official Toro Rosso website. "We struggled on Friday, messed up qualifying and only got things together on Sunday. There's a few missed opportunities there. That said, I'm happy with the race: taking tenth place and a point having started 19th is a good return."

Saturday was a nightmare for Toro Rosso at Spa as both Ricciardo and team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne had to watch Q2 from the garage as they were knocked out in the first session after the team failed to switch them to slick tyres in time.

The team, though, held some frank discussions after qualifying and they bounced back on Sunday.

"Obviously qualifying didn't work out too well, and we had a good discussion about that on Saturday afternoon," he said. "It's a very honest environment and everybody realises the best way to move forward is to learn from mistakes. There's no finger-pointing but the discussions are usually very frank. We have to put our hands up, accept we got it wrong and then move forward. Things like this happen and you have to understand them and then concentrate on the next thing."

He added: "I think we have good pace in the car but the story so far this year is that sometimes that pace can be a little hard to locate. JEV [Vergne] found it pretty early this weekend and was flying on Friday. On my side of the garage it took longer. We were experimenting with a few things that didn't really work out how we hoped - but that's why it's called experimenting."

Teams are on a break this weekend, but the F1 circus heads to Italy the week after for what should be a very special race for the Faenza-based squad.

"Next up is Toro Rosso's home race, the Italian Grand Prix at Monza," he said. "It's a very exciting prospect because judging on our performance here, we should have a good top speed there and be able to really nail it.

"With a better qualifying performance I think we can score heavily. Last year the second half of the season worked well for us, this year we've come back after the mid-season break and scored straight away again - it'd be nice to keep that moving forward."

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