Ricciardo: The tow is ‘a bit overrated’ at Monza

Date published: September 5 2020

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Drivers were desperate to get a tow for their flying laps of Italian Grand Prix qualifying, but Daniel Ricciardo thinks that it’s “overrated”.

After a strong showing at Spa, the Renault headed to Monza harbouring hopes of starting on the second row again.

However, after retiring in FP3, his struggles continued in qualifying as he only managed to take P7. Nevertheless, he’s pleased with his efforts.

“We hoped and expected a bit more, but once Q1 started we readjusted our expectations,” he told Sky Sports.

“I feel like we lost a tenth and everyone found a tenth, so it was always gonna be tricky. Even Q2 was tight but I held on and in the end, the Q3 lap was decent. Considering the struggles we had in the session, it was a decent lap.”

The biggest talking point of the session was the efforts of each driver to try and get a tow. It was deemed so effective that drivers would queue up and almost come to a halt just to try and get behind a driver for their flying lap.

This jockeying for position hugely jeopardised the laps of many drivers, and Ricciardo isn’t even sure if it’s worth it.

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“The Q2 lap when I went off, I was first on track and I expected to lose a lot down the straight not having a tow, but I only lost a small, small margin,” he added.

“Sometimes the tow can be a bit overrated. It can mess you up a little bit in the second sector; if you’re too slow in the last corner trying to create a gap then your tyres can be a bit cooler and that might mess things up going into Turn 1.”

The Aussie claimed his joint-best result since joining Renault when he finished P4 at Monza last season. Despite starting down in P7 this time around, he’s still optimistic he can achieve more success at the Italian track come race day.

“I’m not sure the team is jumping around after qualy, but I’m confident we can give them a bit more to cheer for tomorrow,” he said.

“I think it’s still a one-stop race, and I think we will be able to push relatively hard throughout the race. There might be a little bit of management but nothing crazy. I don’t think you’ll see it like Silverstone or any of that stuff.”

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