Daniel Ricciardo was down in the dumps after a shock Q1 exit in Hungary left him with a very difficult task ahead in Sunday’s race.
Traffic problems ensured the Aussie will be starting from P18 on the grid at the Hungaroring, with SportPesa Racing Point driver Sergio Perez critical of the Renault driver for trying to overtake him ahead of their final hot laps.
Both drivers were compromised as a result and Ricciardo felt the team could have planned better to give Ricciardo the right amount of track space he needed to wind up for his final Q1 attempt.
“It actually all felt ok but obviously the last run…that’s when you’ve got to do it and it was just a bit of a mess,” Ricciardo told Sky Sports F1 back in the paddock.
“We put ourselves in traffic and at that point I felt that we could have known better as to what was going to happen coming up to the last corner and whether I needed to create space earlier.
“So I wasn’t creating any space and we got to the last corner and everyone is backed up.
“What do you do? Do you try and pass them and keep your tyre temperature there or do you hang back and start the lap with cold tyres?
“So I tried to go and Perez and the others weren’t trying to have that and I felt like Perez and I just screwed each other’s lap.
“Just too late trying to make something happen and the lap is compromised.”
It is proving to be not the greatest of first seasons with Renault for Ricciardo and he let his frustration show at the Hungaroring.
He added: “Right now…it’s certainly the most upset I’ve been in a while.”
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