Ricciardo admits Red Bull strategy "went wrong" in Russia

Daniel Ricciardo admits that Red Bull's race in Russia was not helped by the decision to switch to medium tyres after both cars were delayed by the first lap incident.

Ricciardo admits Red Bull strategy "went wrong" in Russia
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB12
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB12
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB12
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12
Start crash with Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H, Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB12, Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12 and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07

Ricciardo and teammate Daniil Kvyat took their only set of mediums when they pitted, despite not having run the compound at all during the weekend.

Both men subsequently struggled for pace, and while the Russian ran to the flag, Ricciardo changed to soft tyres after 29 laps on his way to 11th place.

"In the end we were forced to try something due to the incident in the first corner," said Ricciardo.

"I think that's where the strategy went wrong. We were caught up in an incident, a lot of us were, the race was over for a few of us straight away.

"From then we had a lot of damage, so we tried to put the medium on just to do something, but the car was sliding a lot, and that tyre wasn't really helping it.

"In the end I think it was just more that the race was over from the first lap. It's a shame. We just have to try and look forward to the next one and hopefully some people don't make these mistakes again."

Team principal Christian Horner said that the team went for mediums because "it was going to be the quickest way to the end of the race for us.

"We had one set of softs, but it was definitely going to be the quickest way."

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Series Formula 1
Event Russian GP
Location Sochi Autodrom
Drivers Daniel Ricciardo
Teams Red Bull Racing
Author Adam Cooper
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