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Ricciardo vows to learn from crash

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Daniel Ricciardo: "Maybe at the end I was just trying to get too much out of it and made that mistake" © Getty Images
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Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo has vowed to learn from his crash at the Singapore Grand Prix after admitting he was pushing too hard.

Ricciardo, who has signed for Red Bull next year, caused a safety car period when he took too much speed into Turn 18 on lap 24 and ran into the barriers. Ricciardo was 16th at the time after recovering from a bad start and admitted the crash was down to driver error.

"The crash was my error, trying to make up for lost ground," he said. "At the start, my car just seemed to sit there without moving off the line. It was very frustrating to lose so many places right away. I think I went down five places from ninth on the grid to fourteenth. So I was on the back foot from then on, just trying to do the best I could.

"In the second stint, my engineer came on the radio and said 'the pace is good, keep pushing.' I was aware that for the pace we had, we were not doing too badly and maybe at the end I was just trying to get too much out of it and made that mistake."

Ricciardo said he would learn from the mistake.

"It's a delicate corner with not much run-off and I went too deep into the apex. I then braked a bit harder, locked a wheel and went into the wall. It's not a mistake I'm used to making. I will learn from this."