Ricciardo frustrated by ‘boring’ run to fourth in British GP

1 Comment

Daniel Ricciardo was left frustrated after a “boring” race en route to fourth place in Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Ricciardo started fourth, but dropped behind Sergio Perez after a Virtual Safety Car period was called early in the race.

The Red Bull driver managed to battle past the Mexican soon enough, but the top three were too far ahead to be caught.

This left Ricciardo to finish in a lonely fourth, 17 seconds shy of teammate Max Verstappen ahead and over 40 clear of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in fifth place.

“We lost our chance with the virtual safety car,” Ricciardo told NBCSN after the race.

“It came out at an unfortunate time for me and lost 10 or more seconds. They had a free pit stop and were able to continue.

“It was a bit frustrating. Things haven’t gone in my favor the last while. But I don’t believe in luck or any of that crap.

“I was more pissed off the race was a bit boring for me! I was fourth. Being back there, it was like starting the race a long ways back. I was just twiddling my thumbs.”

A rain shower in the lead-up to the start of the race meant it got underway behind the safety car, a call that Ricciardo backed.

“Some parts of the track were pretty good. The visibility was pretty bad at others,” Ricciardo said.

“I can’t imagine being 12th to 15th. More for visibility it made sense. Turn 1, you couldn’t see much. They made a pretty good call today.”

The result lifted Ricciardo to fourth place in the drivers’ championship, moving ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the standings after he could only finish the race ninth for Ferrari.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Leave a comment

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.