Ricciardo not focused on beating Vergne, Raikkonen

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Daniel Ricciardo produced one of the stand out performances during today’s qualifying session for the British Grand Prix, finishing an excellent P6 for Toro Rosso and ahead of his two rivals for the Red Bull seat: Kimi Raikkonen (P9) and Jean-Eric Vergne (P13). However, the Australian driver has not prioritized this competition, instead remaining focused on attaining the best result possible.

When asked whether he was pleased to beat Raikkonen and Vergne, Ricciardo said: “I guess. I’m really happy with 6th but the way I saw it di Resta is a whisker in front, so I guess 5th would have been nicer.”

Ricciardo was delighted to have qualified so well, and merely considered it to be a coincidence that his strong showing came when Raikkonen and Vergne struggled.

“I just see it as a good result, 6th is great. I just happen to be in front of the other guys, so let’s try and stay in front tomorrow, that’s the next target.”

The Toro Rosso driver also rejected the notion that he was under additional pressure after Mark Webber’s announcement on Thursday, believing that he and Vergne have always been under scrutiny from the Red Bull management.

“I don’t think any changes now. We’ve always been watched. All our results, everything we do is always being monitored. Just because the seat now is there, I don’t think it changes their approach either.”

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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