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Ricciardo sets sights on Barcelona after ‘frustrating’ race


The Aussie crossed the line in 14th place.

Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo is looking ahead to next weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, following a race to forget at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Ricciardo, who was fast all weekend and started from fifth on the grid, crossed the line in 14th place after battling tyre issues and pitting three times.

A small spin during his third stint also proved costly, all but ending the Australian’s race.

Ricciardo’s Renault teammate Esteban Ocon, on a bolder one-stop strategy, finished eighth – six places above his qualifying position of 14th.

“Today was just one of those days where things got progressively worse and worse,” Ricciardo said.

“It was going OK at the beginning, maintaining sixth and hanging on pace-wise to the cars ahead.

“We pitted for another medium and I was struggling to hold on to them.

“We had to pit for the hard and then it got messy at Turn 3 and I lost the rear defending from Carlos [Sainz] and had the spin.

“The race was done then. We have to accept it, take it on the chin and go again in Barcelona.

“It’s a frustrating one today, but there are lots of positives from the two weeks at Silverstone and we can draw on that looking forward.”

The race was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who outperformed the dominant Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton in second and Valtteri Bottas in third.

Formula 1® continues next weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona on 14-16 August.