Ricciardo thankful to survive Q1 scare

Date published: May 11 2019

Daniel Ricciardo was relieved to survive his near-elimination in Q1 at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo narrowly avoided a Q1 elimination before going on to make the top ten in qualifying at the Spanish GP.

The Aussie qualified P10, but will drop three places after his incident with Daniil Kvyat last time out in Baku.

After a tough start to life at Renault, Ricciardo comfortably out-qualified team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, but his day could quite easily have ended at the first hurdle.

“Q1 I just got through. I locked into turn 4 because it’s a fast corner and there are a lot of marbles on the outside,” he told reporters.

“All I could see was the marbles and I thought ‘If you get caught out there it’s hard to get back’.

“So, I just kept it on track, but I knew with that lock it was going to be close and we lost a few tenths there. I saw that we made it through, so yes that was my little lifeline.”

The 29-year-old said he took that let off in his stride, though with a cleaner Q3 could have finished higher up the order.

“I felt I was then able to run with that and get into Q3, so that was positive,” he explained.

“A mistake on my last lap in Q3 stopped me from getting P9, which would have been better than P10, so that was my mistake.

“Generally it was a good afternoon, and considering we missed the soft-tyre run this morning it was a little bit of an unknown, I think we executed pretty well.”

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