Ricciardo: Fifth maximum from back-row
16 July 2017 – Daniel Ricciardo says fifth position was the maximum result available to him at the British Grand Prix, after starting from the back row of the grid.
Ricciardo entered qualifying at Silverstone with a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change, before stopping on track in Q1 due to a turbo issue.
He lined up 19th, ahead of only McLaren-Honda's Fernando Alonso, also opting to take on new power unit elements, boosting his pool for future races.
Having passed both Saubers and profited from a clash between the Toro Rosso drivers, which brought out the Safety Car, Ricciardo dropped to the back again when he ran out of room at Luffield at the restart.
But he soon made up lost ground and charged towards the top 10, on a Super Soft/Soft strategy, to come home fifth, 13.8 seconds behind team-mate Max Verstappen.
"I would suspect that the floor had a bit of damage after my off, but I think in the end fifth was the maximum," commented Ricciardo after the race.
"Even without that… sure I would have finished a long way up, in terms of race time, but I think I wouldn't have got close to the other guys.
"It was a crazy race, I went through the field, so that was fun – I just had a battle the whole time."
On his many passes, Ricciardo joked: "I know the fans are super stoked that Lewis [Hamilton] won, but he led from start to finish, so you've got to take some TV time away from him!"
Verstappen jumped Sebastian Vettel at the start and kept him at bay in the early stages, though fell behind at the pit-stops, with a slightly slow rear-left tyre change.
"I knew was quite a bit slower than him, so I just tried to stay in front with every possible thing I could do," he reflected, on his wheel-to-wheel fight with the Ferrari driver.
"Luckily, he didn't pass me on track, so I'm happy about that.
"In the race we looked a little bit better than qualifying, so we just need to understand why in qualifying we were struggling that much, and in general the whole weekend."