Ricciardo takes responsibility for crash
22 September 2013 – Daniel Ricciardo has taken full responsibility for the crash that brought his Singapore Grand Prix to an end after 25 laps. The Toro Rosso driver, who started ninth, says he was attempting to make up for a poor getaway when he slid into the Turn 18 barriers.
"The crash was my error, trying to make up for lost ground," said Ricciardo. "At the start, my car just seemed to sit there without moving off the line. It was very frustrating to lose so many places right away. I think I went down five places from ninth.
"I was on the back foot from then on, just trying to do the best I could. In the second stint, my engineer came on the radio and said 'the pace is good, keep pushing.' Maybe I was just trying to get too much out of it and made that mistake. I went too deep into the apex then braked a bit harder, locked a wheel and went into the wall."
The Australian concluded: "It's not a mistake I'm used to making. I will learn from this."
Team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne finished 14th, and narrowly avoided being lapped.