Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 2015

We should have split strategies – Ricciardo

2015 Mexican Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

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Daniel Ricciardo suspects Red Bull would have ended the Mexican Grand Prix in a stronger position had they split the strategies between their two drivers.

Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat took advantage of the Safety Car period at the end of the race to switch to soft tyres but Ricciardo wanted to use the other compound.

“Both of us had a sniff at a podium today,” Ricciardo told reporters after the race. “I think Danny was looking pretty good.”

“I thought on the [medium] in the middle stint I had more pace in me but we were just sort of in a bit of a no-mans-land with the Williams. We were quicker but couldn’t pass them until they suffered really bad tyre deg. So I thought we had a bit more pace to offer on the [medium] but we couldn’t show it.”

“Then at the restart I thought that was again maybe an opportunity. I thought both of us going on the [soft] was maybe the wrong thing to do. In hindsight personally I was comfortable on the [medium] today and Danny had put the [soft] on so I think just to try something I should have put the [medium].”

“We’ll see what the team says analysing everything and see if we could have done something different but I think I would have been happier on the [medium].”

2015 Mexican Grand Prix lap times

All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded):

2015 Mexican Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Nico RosbergMercedes1’20.52167
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’20.7230.20267
3Daniil KvyatRed Bull-Renault1’21.5491.02869
4Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’21.5851.06468
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-Renault1’21.6251.10470
6Sebastian VettelFerrari1’21.8471.32648
7Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’22.0091.48871
8Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso-Renault1’22.1721.65146
9Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’22.3911.87069
10Max VerstappenToro Rosso-Renault1’22.6032.08270
11Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’22.7162.19562
12Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’22.7572.23651
13Romain GrosjeanLotus-Mercedes1’22.8932.37269
14Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Mercedes1’22.9632.44270
15Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Honda1’23.0062.48549
16Felipe NasrSauber-Ferrari1’23.3502.82948
17Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’24.0543.53320
18Alexander RossiManor-Ferrari1’25.0054.48469
19Will StevensManor-Ferrari1’25.5405.01967
20Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda1’58.05337.5321

2015 Mexican Grand Prix

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2 comments on “We should have split strategies – Ricciardo”

  1. Riccardio is quickly becoming a solid number 2 driver.

  2. Could be hard month for Ric. He needs to win with Kvyat and to dominate Seb in ROC. ;)

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