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“I haven’t forgotten how to drive” – Ricciardo

Apr 24, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT

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Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo admits he is perplexed by his car’s performance after an “awful” Bahrain Grand Prix.

“Today’s lap chart makes pretty grim reading,” he admitted after the race. “I had the slowest lap of the race, eight-tenths slower than one of the Marussias and I finished the race only 9s clear of one of the Caterhams.”

“As I haven’t forgotten how to drive in the last seven days, there’s something wrong with the car that we need to understand. That performance has gone somewhere.

“It has to be something big – but not necessarily something easy to find. There’s a variable in there that we have to dig out.”

Ricciardo finished a lapped sixteenth having scored a career-best seventh in China one week earlier.

“Last week was a great result and it was always going to be difficult to repeat it,” said Ricciardo. “Our pace on Friday wasn’t good – though not to the extent that we saw in the race – and we didn’t see anything to suggest we were going to be strong.”

Toro Rosso expected big gains from their STR8 after reshuffling their design team last year. But Ricciardo says their results so far have been mixed:

“Looking at these first four races as a whole, we haven’t really found a happy medium. China was great, the other three haven’t been up to scratch, so it’s difficult to assess where we are.

“Something to look forward to is that the next race, in Barcelona, is likely to be a little bit more like China than any of the others. We’ll also have updates on the car in Spain, which will be good.”

  1. apexassassin - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    No one is hoping Kimi wins this years title as much as RIcciardo is!

    Paddock rumor from Bahrain says there is internal pressure to keep an Aussie in the RBR team so I’m sure that pressure just trickled down in the wake of the Multi 21 nonsense and Webber to Porsche rumors as well as his fine performance in China. He’s also effectively outclassed Vergne all season, which is the first rule… always beat your teamie.

    Ricci better get it together though or he’ll be racing with Scott Speed in the X Games before long. Toro has been the last step of so many promising F1 careers.

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