Ricciardo pleased to make it to the end of the British Grand Prix
|By Pablo Elizalde||Sunday, July 10th 2011, 15:48 GMT|
Daniel Ricciardo declared himself pleased to have made it to the end of his first Formula 1 race at Silverstone on Sunday.
The Hispania driver, making his grand prix debut this weekend, finished down in 19th and last place, but felt the experienced of completing a full race will help him be stronger in the next one.
"I feel quite good to finish and see the checkered flag," said the Australian. "It was nice to get the laps, which I think was the most important thing for me today for experience.
"Understanding the tyres, the pitstops and the strategy, it's really very complex and something I've never really done before, so in this respect I think it was a step forward.
"I was quite a bit off the other competitors but I think that, as I learn, I will get a bit closer. I also need to try and manage the blue flags a bit better, it's not easy. At the end, looking at it now, I'm quite pleased with the result.
"My expectations for the next race are to learn and move forward, to be a bit closer to Tonio in qualifying and to try and close the gap in the race, I think that is a good target for now."