Ricciardo struggling to put Spain behind him

Fri May 20, 2016 10:37am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Australian Daniel Ricciardo says he is still struggling to move on from the disappointment of losing last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, won by his 18-year-old Dutch team make Max Verstappen.

"I think the outcome of the race was frustrating," the Red Bull driver said in a video interview conducted by the Formula One team ahead of next week's Monaco Grand Prix, a favorite that he has yet to win.

"Is it easy to move on? I wouldn't say easy. Can you move on? Absolutely.

"But yeah, it's been a few days since the race and I still wake up with it on my mind. I am going to bed with it off my mind but I'm waking up with it on my mind. It will take a bit of time," he added.

Verstappen was making his debut for the former champions after moving up from Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso in a swap with Russian Daniil Kvyat.

Ricciardo felt his results in the last three races had been less than he deserved, with the Australian leading nearly half of the Spanish Grand Prix before strategy and a late puncture dumped him down to fourth.

He has now had four fourth places in five races, with 11th in Russia.

"I don't feel we've got the most points that we could have," said the Australian. "But definitely in terms of competitiveness we're better than we thought.   Continued...

Formula One - Spanish Grand Prix - Barcelona-Catalunya racetrack, Montmelo, Spain - 13/5/16 Red Bull F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo takes a curve during the first free practice. REUTERS/Albert Gea