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GP Week : Issue 209
Red Bull: all down to strategy Red Bull boss put Daniel Ricciardo’s fifth place, ahead of sebastian Vettel, down to the difference in strategy between the pair: "I think fifth and sixth was the absolute optimum today. We picked two different strategies, an aggressive one with sebastian to undercut the McLaren, which worked and gave him track position but unfortunately made his tyres marginal at the end of the race. “With Daniel we took the opposite approach as he was running in clear air. We ran him long in the first stint with a shorter second stint. His passing moves to come back through the field were truly impressive and obviously with sebastian struggling with tyre degradation due to the length of the stint, it became inevitable that the two were going to swap positions. “But fifth and sixth place, at a circuit dominated by Mercedes- powered cars, is damage limitation achieved." And, while mindful of his start gremlins, Ricciardo himself reckoned fifth was always the best they were going to do in this race anyway: “The start wasn't ideal – it's one of the longest runs up to Turn 1 here from the start line and it's not a place where you want to have a bad one. I dropped the clutch and didn't get the traction, so we will have to look at that, but we kept a cool head and picked our way back through the field. I think fifth, even with a good start, was the best we could do." PIC: Once on Hards, Ricciardo did a lot of passing under brakes – here inside Kimi at Turn 1 ... 31 GPWEEK.com // 31 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> ITALY PARTNERS: