Azerbaijan GP

Ricciardo apologises to Red Bull

Daniel Riccirado, Red Bull Racing, 2016 European GP - Baku, Azerbaijan

Daniel Riccirado, Red Bull Racing, 2016 European GP – Baku, Azerbaijan (Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo became the first victim of the Baku City Circuit during first free, but admits there is work to be done overnight at Red Bull anyway and he apologised to team.

The Australian brought out the red flags to halt the first session with 22 minutes remaining after he clouted the barrier at turn 15, the impact ripping off his Red Bull’s rear right wheel.

“I was expecting someone to take out the barrier in Turn 8 first but I was the one who took it out in Turn 15. I felt a bit bad about it and I said sorry to the guys. Ricciardo told Sky Sports

“I had a look at the onboard and I think everybody had a live feed of it but I don’t think I overshot the braking or anything. I think I just came off the brakes too quick and carried too much speed into the corner and just lost the rear and gave it a good whack.

“That was that but I think on a positive note the guys did a pretty tremendous job in getting me back out for the start of FP2, allowing us to have a full session. We didn’t have the speed today that we want for the rest of the weekend.

“We have some work to do tonight but I think it’s really interesting around here. The track is really challenging and that’s a good thing. Combined with the low level of grip it definitely makes it hard to find a good setup

“I don’t think we found that today but if we get it right tomorrow I think we will get quite a good chunk of laps in.”

Ricciardo successively done second practice without any trouble or error, but was still 2.070s off the pace of Lewis Hamilton’s best lap in the Mercedes.

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