Ricciardo: ‘I think we’re better than tenth’

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Despite making it into Q3, Daniel Ricciardo is still disappointed with his qualifying performance, stating his car is “better” than P10.

The Renault man has looked quick all weekend, constantly finding himself towards the top end of the grid. He ended FP1 in P8, FP2 in P5 and FP3 in P12.

This continued in qualifying as he made it through to the final session by taking P9 in Q2, going quicker than both Ferraris.

However, things didn’t go to plan in the top-10 shootout for the Aussie.

During his final flying lap, yellow flags were waved due to Valtteri Bottas going off the track and Ricciardo was forced to lift, complaining over the team radio in the process. Unable to improve, he ended the session in P10.

“I should be [smiling], but I’m not, because we got a bit unlucky in that last run,” he said in the paddock after the session.

“Bottas went off in front of me and there was a yellow so I had to lift. I didn’t actually think he went off, I thought he’d just dropped a wheel so I was pretty angry because I thought they just put a yellow out for no reason.

“I believe he actually did go off so, fair enough, I was wrong. But yeah, what can you do in those situations?”

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Last season was a poor one for himself and the French team, with them often struggling to make Q3 and instead being closer to the back of the grid.

Ricciardo feels that the car is good enough this year for them to find themself inside the top 10 at the very least.

“It was nice to get in Q3. I think we’ve had a decent car all weekend, but I think we’re better than tenth, so I’m a bit frustrated” he added.

“It was pretty good yesterday. I think all weekend it has been pretty strong, and I think we’ve been well inside the top 10 all weekend so that’s why I certainly feel we could be better today.

“I’ll have to make it happen tomorrow and prove what we’re able to do.”

He’ll take some pleasure in the fact that he did at least comfortably out-qualify his new team-mate Esteban Ocon, who struggled and will start down in P14.

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