Ricciardo feels they should be quicker than Toro Rosso

Date published: March 19 2016 - Editor

Ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo has expressed his disappointment that the Toro Rosso duo Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz placed ahead of him in the qualifiers.

The Australian, who will start in P8 on Sunday, revealed that their Red Bull should be faster than their sister car after Verstappen and Sainz placed in P5 and P7 respectively.

"I would like to say it should be a little bit better than Toro Rosso," he told sportsfan.com.au.

"It's just a case of whether we jump them at the start. Obviously they've got a bit more power this year with the engine they've got so we'll have to work out a good strategy to get around it.

"Raw pace, I think we should maybe surprise a few people and become a top six car."

Adding to the backlash the new qualifying format received, the Perth-born racer said that it was an anti-climax by the way it ended, with Lewis Hamilton claiming pole with four minutes to spare.

"It was clear in my mind what needed to be done, but probably for a spectator with most guys out of their car before the session was actually over it was probably a bit of an anti-climax," he said.