Sebastian Vettel had ideal finish of season, but Daniel Ricciardo had a disastrous day
By: Adam Cooper on March 30, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – It was a unusual day for Red Bull Racing on Sunday at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel had his initial podium, but teammate Daniel Ricciardo retired early and acquired a 10-place grid penalty for the following race in Bahrain.
Sebastian Vettel’;s 1st podium of the year in Malaysia showed that Red Bull can not be counted out of the 2014 title battle, regardless of the clear speed of Mercedes.
Vettel misplaced out to Nico Rosberg at the begin, but he stored his fellow German in his sights on his way to a dependable third spot. It was the initial time that he had logged a race distance in the RB10.
“I imagined I had a good begin but then I focused on getting in the tow of Lewis [Hamilton], to perhaps assault him going into the very first corner.” mentioned Vettel. “Then Nico [Rosberg] was there on the appropriate and it was very tight. Daniel [Ricciardo] was coming as nicely as I was trying to get previous Nico. So I misplaced a spot, but fortunately I received it back, and then later on I was attempting to get as close as I could to Nico.
“At some stage it looked like we are quite related, quite evenly matched but then it’s like he found another gear, he was pulling away. In the finish I was just making an attempt to get the vehicle property. Certainly Daniel did not make it, for a couple of reasons. All in all, it’s good to get yet another podium following Daniel has been on the podium in Australia.”
Vettel cautioned that it was challenging to read through too considerably into the 25.5 2nd deficit to winner Hamilton at the flag. “Probably Lewis could have gone quicker,” Vettel mentioned. “I think we could have gone quicker at the end of the race, but our priority at the finish was to make positive we safe the podium.”
Nonetheless, he admitted there was a great deal of work to do.
“We require to make massive measures, simply because they are quite far ahead, but I’m very content with the steps we’re at present creating. It’s the initial race distance I’ve carried out this 12 months, since Brazil, it’s the 1st race distance I’ve carried out, so that is a huge phase. Certainly, at some stage for the duration of testing, we didn’t anticipate to finish the very first couple of races, so effectively accomplished to all the guys in the team on the reliability front.
“In terms of drivability, we’re not however there where we want to be. In terms of power, it is not a big secret with out providing a hammering but the guys at Viry are flat-out to perform on that front.
“Renault is pushing extremely, very challenging but at this stage we have to summarize and say that Mercedes did a much better task, they’re quicker than us so we know that there is a great deal of factors we have to do far better but it’s still a bloody good consequence nowadays, finishing on the podium, proper behind them. That is what we need to do, as prolonged as we can, up to the stage in which we’re even and we can challenge them and give them a harder time.”
Unlucky Ricciardo lands grid penalty for next race
The unfortunate Daniel Ricciardo has received a 10-area grid penalty for the Bahrain Grand Prix as element of the clampdown on unsafe releases from pit stops because last year’;s incident at the Nurburgring, when a Television cameraman was injured.
Underneath a new rule introduced this 12 months, drivers can get each a stop and go penalty in the current race, and a grid penalty for the next occasion.
At his second quit, Ricciardo accelerated away with his left front wheel not properly secured.
“The guidelines, I consider, are rather clear,” explained Red Bull boss Christian Horner. “For an unsafe release it’;s a stop/go penalty of 10 seconds and a 10-spot grid penalty at the subsequent race. The punishment is harsh for the crime, but however it is the principles.”
Horner admitted that the pit crew has merely manufactured a blunder.
“The wheel wasn’;t situated accurately. It went on Okay, it was accomplished up, the gun man felt that something was not very correct, and in going to check and place an further couple of turns into it the latch on the gun had switched back across, so he successfully undid it. It truly is 1 of individuals things. The pit crew has acquired the quickest pit stops in the pit lane, and today a blunder was created. That is how it goes of8.”
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