Red Bull's Baku-wards steps in European Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo couldn't convert as front row start into a good finish as Red Bull struggled at the European Grand Prix on Sunday.

Sunday, 19th June 2016, 3:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:59 pm
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer battles with Nico Hulkenberg of Germany driving the (27) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160619-00372 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. // PNL-160619-152555002

Ricciardo finished seventh despite starting second, while team-mate Max Verstappen picked up four points for coming eighth.

Despite running second in the early laps, Ricciardo was clearly holding up the pack as leader Nico Rosberg raced clear at the front. After he was overtaken by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, the Australian fell back down the order, passed by the stronger Mercedes-powered cars.

He mounted a late challenge on Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, but with newer tyres, Ricciardo was able to secure seventh with three laps to go.

Verstappen meanwhile had a fairly anonymous race, but also passed Hulkenberg’s struggling Force India on the penultimate lap to take eighth.

Championship leader won the race at a canter, with Vettel finishing second and Sergio Perez completing in third.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Daniil Kvyat of Russia driving the (26) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 060/5 turbo leads Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer on track during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160619-00384 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. // PNL-160619-152730002
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo, Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer, and Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo battle for position on track during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160619-00351 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. // PNL-160619-152416002
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Daniil Kvyat of Russia driving the (26) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 060/5 turbo leads Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer on track during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160619-00384 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. // PNL-160619-152730002
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo, Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer, and Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo battle for position on track during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160619-00351 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. // PNL-160619-152416002