Ricciardo in good spirits despite grid penalty

1 Comment

Daniel Ricciardo is pleased with his performance in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix today despite knowing that he will drop 10 places on the grid due to a penalty from the last race, and therefore start in 13th place.

A mistake by the Red Bull mechanics in the pits in Malaysia meant that Ricciardo left his box with his front left tire loose on his car. Following a number of incidents over the past few years involving errant wheels, the FIA has clamped down on such errors, and slapped the team with a 10 place grid penalty for Ricciardo, who endured a luckless weekend at Sepang.

After qualifying in third place today though, he has proven that he has the pace to fight at the front and was in good spirits on Saturday night.

“Today was nice, tomorrow will be less nice with the ten place penalty, but I was really happy with qualifying,” he explained. “I think through all the runs and on both tires I was happy with my performance.

“We may have saved one set of tyres compared to the others, so that’s good, hopefully I’m going to need it tomorrow for coming through the pack. Hopefully it will help us.”

For the second time in three races, Ricciardo outqualified illustrious teammate Sebastian Vettel as the German driver languished down in 11th place on Saturday evening. Following the penalty, Vettel will gain a place and start 10th on the grid tomorrow.

“I did the best I could today,” Ricciardo said. “So for that I’m pleased. I think Seb and I will both be charging hard tomorrow and will aim to put on a good race.”

After suffering from such poor luck so far this season, Ricciardo will be hoping to have a trouble-free race in Bahrain tomorrow and score his first points of the season.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

Toyota Motorsport GmbH
Leave a comment

SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.