Ricciardo pleased alternative strategy paid off
6 July 2014 – Daniel Ricciardo says he is pleased that an alternative strategic approach during the British Grand Prix paid dividends as he netted third place for Red Bull.
Ricciardo started eighth on Option tyres but switched to Primes when the race was stopped after the first lap following Kimi Räikkönen's accident.
Ricciardo was passed by several rivals during the first stint before moving back to the Options and regaining ground. He stayed out for the remainder of the race and hung on despite increasing pressure from Jenson Button.
"We chose to restart on the Prime," he said. "It didn't seem like the best thing to do at first as we were really slow after the restart, and Valtteri [Bottas] and Fernando [Alonso] got past quickly. On the radio the team said to try something different as we didn't have the pace.
"Once we came in for the Option we ran and pushed pretty much the whole stint. We didn't intend it to be the whole stint but the laps ticked off; 15, 20 laps and I said I think we can [stay out], so we stayed out and just held on at the end. It was awesome. This is definitely one of my best podiums of the year."
Ricciardo's pace on used Options towards the end of the race was significantly slower than Button's and the Australian admits that he might not have held on to third if the race had been one lap longer.
"Especially in the last few laps he was catching me pretty quickly," he added. "I stabilised it a bit, [but] four laps to go my Options were really suffering and he was coming.
"Probably for once a lot of people [were] booing me and cheering on the local lad! We just held on at the end – one more lap would have been tough but I'm really happy."