‘Turkish qualy took a few years off our lives’

Michelle Foster
Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo looking forward to the heat of Bahrain.

Daniel Ricciardo may have qualified P5 for the Turkish GP but the Ausise says he is just “glad I made it” after a difficult qualifying in the rain on an already slippery surface.

Formula 1 arrived at the Istanbul Park on Friday to put in the first laps on the newly resurfaced track.

The drivers were slipping and sliding all over the place with many complaining about the lack of the grip in their post-Friday interviews.

It was even worse on Saturday.

The rain came down in Istanbul, turning an already slippery surface into an ice rink.

The conditions forced Race Control to red flag Q1, which took over an hour to complete, with the track conditions improving from full wets to inters by the end of Q3.

Such was the drama of the day that Lance Stroll took a shock pole position, Mercedes could only manage P6 and P9 and Ricciardo put his Renault up into fifth place.

He was just happy to survive.

“I’m just glad I made it,” the 31-year-old told Sky Sports.

“Probably the best way to describe it, I did a driving course on a skid pan and it kicks you out and it never bites, there’s never any grip.

“Honestly that’s what it felt like today.

“You’re searching for that bite, but it’s never there. So it was survival.

“It’s taken a few years off our lives.”

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While it may have looked fun from a viewer’s perspective and added to the drama with a mixed grid, Ricciardo says it was anything but for the drivers.

“For viewers, they win, for us drivers, it’s tricky,” he said. “Especially this morning, when you see drivers lose the car in sixth gear on the straight, we’re passengers.

“We’re literally eyes wide open holding on hoping that it keeps going straight.”

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