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Ricciardo not focused on beating Vergne, Raikkonen

Jun 29, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

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Daniel Ricciardo produced one of the stand out performances during today’s qualifying session for the British Grand Prix, finishing an excellent P6 for Toro Rosso and ahead of his two rivals for the Red Bull seat: Kimi Raikkonen (P9) and Jean-Eric Vergne (P13). However, the Australian driver has not prioritized this competition, instead remaining focused on attaining the best result possible.

When asked whether he was pleased to beat Raikkonen and Vergne, Ricciardo said: “I guess. I’m really happy with 6th but the way I saw it di Resta is a whisker in front, so I guess 5th would have been nicer.”

Ricciardo was delighted to have qualified so well, and merely considered it to be a coincidence that his strong showing came when Raikkonen and Vergne struggled.

“I just see it as a good result, 6th is great. I just happen to be in front of the other guys, so let’s try and stay in front tomorrow, that’s the next target.”

The Toro Rosso driver also rejected the notion that he was under additional pressure after Mark Webber’s announcement on Thursday, believing that he and Vergne have always been under scrutiny from the Red Bull management.

“I don’t think any changes now. We’ve always been watched. All our results, everything we do is always being monitored. Just because the seat now is there, I don’t think it changes their approach either.”

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