Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that he has still not got over the disappointment of his Bahrain Grand Prix, where he squandered his sixth position on the grid.
The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver delivered the best qualifying performance of his career, but a poor getaway and troubled first few turns left him down in 16th at the end of the first lap. He finished just one place further up.
Writing on his website blog, Ricciardo admitted that he will likely replay everything that went wrong for a few days yet, until he can shift his focus to the Spanish GP.
"It was frustrating. It was disappointing. It's a race to forget but chances are I won't do that very easily," said the Australian, who is due in the Red Bull simulator for the next two days. "Whoever you are, this is going to happen from time to time. You're supposed to blank it and get on with the race – but being brutally honest it's hard to blank something like that.
"When I came around to begin the second lap I knew I was 16th, I knew I had a damaged car and I knew the advantage I'd had starting sixth had blown away. You want to pretend it's not happening and imagine you're going to get another chance. The pitboard says otherwise."
Having looked at the data of the start, Ricciardo says that there was nothing in particular that he did wrong – it was just a question of things not clicking in the car.
"I didn't freeze up and make a mess of the procedure – it's just that we struggled," he explained. "It's something I've got to figure out. I'll think about it before the next race.
"Do I now forget about it and brush it off as just one of those things? No, of course not. I'll dwell on it – and nothing is quite as good for dwelling as a long flight with nothing else to do. At some point I'll be fine and looking forward to Barcelona, but I'm not there yet."