Ricciardo “not devastated” by early stoppage in Austria

Ricciardo was running in 10th place after 17 laps when he was called in to retire, and admitted with a frustration after two safety cars and a high attrition race created opportunities for his fellow midfield runners.

The Australian said the chance to have another go in the next Red Bull Ring event made retirement easier to just take.

“Certainly a premature end to the race,” said Ricciardo. “It was early whenever we had the problem and then seeing the safety cars and everything developing later in the race, I’m sure we could have already been there to seize a nice little bag of points. But it was demonstrably not to be.

“I think exactly why I’m perhaps not completely devastated right now is basically because we’re straight back in per week and we get still another chance only at that track, so I’m optimistic that we’ll get it right in a week time.

“It was a cooling issue, so engine temp was rising pretty quickly. So I did not really feel much, the boys told me to create the car in and then visit a safe mode before it got worse, so I believe we’ve saved everything in time. I obtained a quick call telling me to change the engine mode and arrived at the pits.

“It was probably going to obtain interesting next, once everyone pitted and put the mediums on. But it’s okay, we’d to save this engine, we’ve obviously surely got to do a few races about it.”

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Ricciardo believes that the cooling issue is an easy fix: “I’m truly optimistic, I really believe they’re pretty close to learning the source of the issue and from what I understand it’s something that may be fixed and managed within the window that offering up until next weekend.

“I do not know the extent of everyone else’s problems today, but it truly seemed like there is a lot going on.

“Obviously it’s been a little while since we raced, but maybe the hot temperatures – Mercedes, Red Bull, Haas, a lot of teams had their dilemmas.

“I thought the initial race will be wild and there will be lots of dilemmas, maybe more from drivers than from mechanicals. Maybe next week we’ll see a different story.”

Ricciardo admitted that any frustration was outweighed by the easy fact of the season finally getting underway.

“Don’t misunderstand me, I do not want to say I was just pleased to be here today, demonstrably I want to be doing well and move on to the finish with points, but just to be back into racing mode felt good.

“I think for all of us to be on the grid and for the lights to head out I think was in a means a relief that we managed to get here until now, and we’re doing it again.

“I certainly am generally just happy to be doing it again and understanding that we’ll get another chance next week, so that’s probably dulling down some of the frustration and disappointment.

“But it’s optimism as well taking a look at next week-end knowing that we’ll, fingers crossed, put all of it together in qualifying. I do believe we can be described as a quicker car both in quali and race conditions.”