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.”

IndyCar, Dallara reveal tweak to speedway aero package

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INDYCAR and Dallara revealed on Monday that a front wing extension will be made available to Verizon IndyCar Series teams to use as part of the super speedway aero package for the universal aero kits.

The extensions are expected to provide an increase in front downforce, by a minimum of three percent, and teams will be free to use them as needed. Dallara is also providing an additional wicker that can be used as a part of the extension.

The change comes in the wake of drivers voicing concerns about stability at the front of the car, especially while running in traffic – concerns which surfaced initially during Indianapolis 500 practice.

More details about the change can be viewed on IndyCar’s website.

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