BARCELONA, 11th May 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Red Bull are happy with Daniel Ricciardo’s third place finish and Sebastian Vettel’s fourth.
Ricciardo took his first podium finish of the year after having a ‘lonely’ race while Vettel worked his way up from 15th to cross the line fourth.
“We know we didn’t really have the pace for the Mercedes. We looked like a third-place car and in the end that’s what it was,” Ricciardo said on the podium.
The Australian driver said he felt the teams finishing positions were positive and is hoping the team can begin to catch Mercedes who are dominating both championships.
“I definitely see it as a positive for the team, third and fourth, especially after his [Vettel’s] starting position.”
“Obviously Mercedes are top dogs at the moment but we seem to be settling ourselves nicely in that next spot and I think we’ve just got to now try and somehow creep our way closer.”
Vettel had a tough weekend due to limited running on Friday, retirement during Q3 and a gearbox penalty.
The world champion said third and fourth was a good result. He went onto say that he felt Mercedes deserved their position and his motivation was working towards giving them a hard time.
“I think, from a team point of view, third and fourth is what we could get today.” Vettel said.
“Mercedes is very strong – they have a phenomenal engine, two very good drivers, a very good car, and a very good team,”
“they're doing a good job so it would be wrong to complain and moan about how dominant they are - they worked better than everyone else in the winter and deserve to be in that position.”
“Hopefully, from our point of view, rather sooner than later we'll give them a hard time – that’s our motivation. I hope that in time we can catch up, and as I said start giving them a run for their money.”