Daniel Ricciardo confirms he is set to stay at Red Bull

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

According to Horner, Ricciardo continued to lose straight-line speed to the Mercedes even when benefiting from DRS.

"What used to be a downforce circuit is now a horsepower circuit", said Ricciardo, who was also hampered by a DRS glitch.

"After the first safety vehicle I made that move on Kimi, which was nice, but it's just incredibly frustrating how much we are lacking on the straights".

"But it's alright. It's a bit frustrating". And we see it time and time again - Turn 3 at Barcelona, Turn 3 in Sochi, Turn 7 in Austria - it's a known issue.

Ricciardo has been outqualified and outraced by team-mate Max Verstappen in the grands prix since his Monte Carlo triumph.

"It [cost me] a few tenths, it's not going to change the world for us".

"We know we are already a bit off the pace, and down the straights we lose a lot".

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Max Verstappen has admitted that the Red Bulls will find it hard to stick with the Ferraris and Mercedes come Sunday afternoon's British Grand Prix. We just got unlucky and lost track position.

"In the end we were eight tenths behind but can actually be quite happy with what we did and the auto was performing really well". We all know that.

"If you miss 80bhp you know you're going to struggle", he said.

"There may be some damage but we can't see much at the moment". He's approachable, he will say what he thinks even if its against what the popular media spin would be at that time and therefore I think he's going to be good content for television and good copy for newspapers or magazines. "In the end I was lucky that there was a safety auto, because that wasn't going to work", Verstappen told Dutch television, according to motorsport.com.

The past two years with the current auto designs, however, it has become nearly the opposite with numerous turns Red Bull used to thrive on now easily flat-out and thus making engine performance far more crucial as several straights are now elongated. We chose to save a new set of Softs in Q2 if we need to use them in the race, planning a bit in advance for tomorrow.

Responding to a suggestion he was too quick for those two drivers to want him in their teams, Ricciardo joked he had been trying "make them [Hamilton and Vettel] think I'm not that good" since winning from pole in Monaco.

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