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Red Bull apologises to Ricciardo

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Red Bull has apologised to Daniel Ricciardo at the British Grand Prix after its decision not to send him out for a second run in the final session of qualifying.

After the first runs in Q3, Ricciardo was fourth fastest but Red Bull opted not to send him out for a second run on the assumption the track conditions had got worse. However, those that did venture out found up to four seconds of lap time in the final sector, which Ricciardo had not thought was possible.

"I didn't expect it to go quicker at the end of the session there, as the rain kept coming," he said. "We really thought the track wouldn't get quicker, [Sebastian] Vettel only went out as he didn't have a time at that point. We have to learn from it I guess - I'm gobsmacked how much faster the circuit got, it must dry a lot quicker here than I thought. We'll move forwards from there tomorrow."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner apologised to Ricciardo for not sending him out.

"Unfortunately we misjudged the conditions at the end of Q3, so apologies to Daniel, he didn't go again as he had already set a time. With both cars well up the field on a mixed up grid for tomorrow, hopefully we can have a strong race from there."

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