Daniel Ricciardo believes there's much more to come from Red Bull

Mar 29, 2017, 01:49
Daniel Ricciardo believes there's much more to come from Red Bull

Ricciardo eventually started the race from pit lane, joining with instructions from Red Bull to have fun and "get stuck in" after the leaders had already completed the first of 57 scheduled laps on the 5.303-kilometre (3.295-mile) Albert Park circuit.

The Aussie was given a five-place grid penalty after his RB13 required a new gearbox following his crash in Q3 on Saturday.

At the season opening race in Melbourne, Verstappen challenged for a podium place, and provided a hard obstruction for Lewis Hamilton after the Mercedes' pit-stop - something that would prove ultimately pivotal in the Mercedes' attempt to win the race.

While Australian Ricciardo felt "like crap" after bowing out midway through the race, Vettel hopes his victory signals the end of Mercedes' three-year domination of the sport.

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were around half a second off the pace in Melbourne, struggling with set-up issues and a lack of power in their Red Bull-Renaults.

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The race started, with Red Bull technicians frantically working on his vehicle.

It just went from bad to worse for the amiable Red Bull driver who crashed in qualifying, copped a grid penalty, started the race from pit lane, before his vehicle stopped on lap 29 of his 58-lap home GP.

"The most frustrating thing was for all these things to happen at home", he said.

Then his auto came to a stop on the warm-up lap shortly before the race and he got out of the vehicle shaking his head.

"It's okay, obviously I'm disappointed today, but I'll wake up tomorrow and be fine and ready to prepare to and go for China".

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The Ferrari ace cruised to victory, finishing nearly 10 seconds ahead of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.

"Our vehicle is clearly third, but in the next two races, we intend to reduce the gap", he said.

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"I was lapping a few laps down but we were getting some information. which was better than nothing".

"If you look who we are up against, Mercedes have been phenomenal in the last couple of years ... they will be the ones to beat".

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