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Ricciardo frustrated with himself

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Daniel Ricciardo was left frustrated with his performance at the Austrian Grand Prix after starting fifth and finishing eighth.

Ricciardo ran wide at the start and never fully recovered as he struggled to match the Mercedes-powered cars on the straights. However, he said he was also frustrated with himself after struggling to get a good exit from some of the slower corners.

"It was frustrating today; it's never nice going backwards on the first lap. Off the line, it was actually one of our better starts this year, although I think Kevin [Magnussen] on the inside got a better one. I tried to hang around on the outside, which was the wrong thing to do, because you basically lose too much on the exit. So I then got swamped on the long straight. We already struggle on the long straights as it is, but even more when you get a poor exit. So I was frustrated with myself and I will have to look if maybe I could have cut to the inside and done anything better. From that point on we tried to push and catch the others, but we just didn't have that much pace."

Ricciardo pulled off the overtaking move of the race to take eighth position on the final lap from Nico Hulkenberg.

"It wasn't until the last bit that we were able to overtake the Force India. The last lap move put a little smile on my face, but other than that it wasn't a great race for us - we've got a bit of work to do."

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