Ricciardo laments Bahrain disappointment

by Michelle Fortune , 26 April 2012

Daniel Ricciardo admits he is struggling to forget the disappointment of his poor result at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Ricciardo had hoped to build on his superb qualifying session but a poor start saw the Scuderia Toro Rosso driver drop from sixth to 16th by the end of the first lap.

He never recovered from the poor start and limped him in 15th place and he has revealed that he will be unable to put the disappointment behind him until his focus switches to the Spanish Grand Prix.

"It was frustrating. It was disappointing. It's a race to forget but chances are I won't do that very easily," Ricciardo explained. "Whoever you are, this is going to happen from time to time. You're supposed to blank it and get on with the race – but being brutally honest it's hard to blank something like that.

"When I came around to begin the second lap I knew I was 16th, I knew I had a damaged car and I knew the advantage I'd had starting sixth had blown away. You want to pretend it's not happening and imagine you're going to get another chance. The pitboard says otherwise."

Ricciardo insists his troubles was down to the car struggling and he is determined to get to the bottom of it before he arrives in Barcelona.

"I didn't freeze up and make a mess of the procedure – it's just that we struggled. It's something I've got to figure out. I'll think about it before the next race," he added.

"Do I now forget about it and brush it off as just one of those things? No, of course not. I'll dwell on it – and nothing is quite as good for dwelling as a long flight with nothing else to do. At some point I'll be fine and looking forward to Barcelona – but I'm not there yet."

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