Daniel Ricciardo tried to full-send Eau Rouge and paid the price

Sam Cooper
Daniel Ricciardo post-qualifying.

Daniel Ricciardo after qualifying at Spa.

Daniel Ricciardo revealed he attempted to go full speed into Eau Rouge and paid the price with a Q1 exit at Spa.

Having recovered from a Turn 1 incident to finish 13th in Budapest, Ricciardo would have been hoping for an easier time in his second race back in F1.

Yet, he will start Sunday’s race P19 having exited Friday’s qualifying session at the earliest stage possible.

Good intentions cost Daniel Ricciardo dear

The Australian had set a time quick enough to see him progress but it was wiped off the timesheet after he was adjudged to have broken track limits.

Ricciardo said it was his attempt to take Eau Rouge at full speed that cost him the lap.

“I basically tried to take Eau Rouge full,” he told media including PlanetF1.com. “I entered full and I felt the car start to move and so I had a little lift and it just then put me a bit off-line.

“Then I was kind of on the wetter part of the track and I couldn’t really do much more. I kind of just had to let the car go and I tried to save it but frustrating obviously.

“On one hand this is what quali is. My intentions were good to try and take it full, I thought it could have been done but obviously [an] error then put us out.”

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Ricciardo showed an ability in Budapest to rise from lower down the grid and he was confident he could produce a similar performance on Sunday.

“I think we’re encouraged by this layout here, it is definitely a track where you can overtake,” he replied when asked by PlanetF1.com. “Look it’s better to have this quali here than at a place like Monaco so we’ll try and do what we can Sunday.

“Who knows what the weather [will be] but the pace encouraged us to be in a maybe in a good spot come race day.”