Ricciardo admits Red Bull lacked pace
22 June 2014 – Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that Red Bull simply lacked pace during the Austrian Grand Prix, although he nonetheless lamented a poor start which dropped him to the lower reaches of the top 10.
Ricciardo, who started fifth, lost a handful of places by running wide at the first corner, but he eventually battled his way back to eighth, passing Nico Hülkenberg on the final lap.
"It was frustrating, it's never nice going backwards on the first lap," he said.
"Off the line was one of our better starts, I tried to hang round the outside which was the wrong thing to do. I got on the other side of the sausage kerb and got swamped on the straight. I was frustrated with myself for that.
"Then we tried to push and catch the others but we didn't have that much pace. It wasn't until the last stint when I could catch the Force Indias. It was a pretty sad race."
Ricciardo was unsure as to whether not being allowed to use the boost button – after problems struck Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel – influenced his result.
"I was told to switch things. Whether that was to do with Seb, I don't know. I don't know if it slowed us down as we didn't have the pace today."
Vettel slipped to the back of the field after encountering a power problem and eventually retired his car.
"We tried to save some mileage in the end," he explained. "I don't believe in luck, we had lots of issues on my side so far but unfortunately it's part of the game, it's always been a part of Formula 1 and always will be."