Ricciardo admits driver error

Sunday 22-September-2013 16:26

Daniel Ricciardo has vowed to learn from his Singapore shunt, admitting that it was the result of his own mistake.

The Toro Rosso driver brought out the Safety Car on lap 25 at the Marina Bay circuit when, pushing too hard, he understeered into the wall.

But rather than blame the car, the Red Bull-bound racer conceded the accident was his fault as he had been trying too hard to make up places.

"The crash was my error, trying to make up for lost ground," said the Aussie.

"At the start, my car just seemed to sit there without moving off the line. It was very frustrating to lose so many places right away. I think I went down five places from ninth on the grid to fourteenth.

"So I was on the back foot from then on, just trying to do the best I could. In the second stint, my engineer came on the radio and said 'the pace is good, keep pushing.' I was aware that for the pace we had, we were not doing too badly and maybe at the end I was just trying to get too much out of it and made that mistake.

"It's a delicate corner with not much run-off and I went too deep into the apex. I then braked a bit harder, locked a wheel and went into the wall."

The 24-year-old, who will partner Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull next season, has vowed to learn from the error.

"It's not a mistake I'm used to making," he said. "I will learn from this."

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