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Vitaly Petrov was particularly outspoken about the Mugello circuit this week, with the Caterham driver claiming that the venue is not safe enough for modern-day Formula 1 cars. The feelings of Daniel Ricciardo were quite the contrast as, like most of his rivals, the Australian thoroughly enjoyed the high-speed venue.
Russia’s Petrov had argued that, in the event of a sudden car failure, the Ferrari-owned facility does not have large enough run-off areas. On the contrary, Ricciardo has praised the track in a number of Twitter updates during the week.
“Certainly, from the cockpit I was happy with the feeling I had from the car and I really enjoyed driving this beautiful circuit again,” said the Toro Rosso man, who ended Thursday fourth on the timesheets.
“A good day with high mileage, getting through our programme which is always your first target at a test. With new parts you always hope they will deliver a big improvement, but the reality is that we must now look at the data to see where we really are.”
After qualifying in a highly promising sixth place last time out in Bahrain, Ricciardo admitted that he was dejected for several days after the race; he had tumbled down through the field following first-lap contact which broke his front wing.
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