No Mugello complaints from Ricciardo
4 May 2012 – 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.
“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.