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GP Week : Issue 198
Daniel Ricciardo’s Malaysian Grand Prix started brilliantly but ended with a sour taste, which he will carry to Bahrain this week. After driving one of the best opening laps of his life, Ricciardo’s race fell apart when he made his second pitstop and left with the left- front still not quite attached. His Red Bull Racing pitcrew was deemed to have made an ‘unsafe release’ of his car and, over and, above the drive - through penalty awarded on the day, he will suffer a 10-spot grid penalty in this Sunday’s race. Until that point, the Australian looked set to finish fourth, after challenging his teammate Sebastian Vettel early in the race. Ricciardo knifed down the inside of the two Ferraris at the first corner and then rounded up Vettel, settling into third on the opening lap. But it was all for nought. “I guess everyone thought the tyres were on,” he said. “As soon as I left I could feel something wasn’t right and the left front was loose.” “It went from looking good to looking pretty bad in a short amount of time. I ’m really disappointed, but at the same time there’s a little bit in me which is happy because I think I’ve come out the first two races how I wanted to, in a way. I still want to improve, but we’ve started off on the right foot, so for that I'm pleased and with a little bit of luck we’ll turn things around soon and I’ll get some points. “I love racing up the front; it’s been a privilege so far and a lot of fun in the last couple of races. It’s a bit addictive actually – I want more, so you’ll see me up there plenty of times this year.” Chin up Dan; the luck will change soon. Or maybe they have given you Mark’s car ... Bad to worse for Danny Ric 26 GPWEEK.com // 26 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MALAYSIA PARTNERS: