Ricciardo on his ‘kiss’ against the Wall of Champions

Date published: June 11 2016

After qualifiers for the Canadian Grand Prix concluded, Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was relieved his didn't smash into the infamous Wall of Champions after giving it a proclaimed ‘kiss’.

The Aussie rider qualified in fourth position ahead of teammate Max Verstappen, who claimed P5.

With Carlos Sainz hitting the wall in Q2, Ricciardo feared he would do the same when ran slightly into it during his final flying lap.

Luckily for him the damage was minimal although it may require replacement of the rear suspension, something he thinks the FIA would approve.

"It felt like a pretty big kiss actually," the 26-year-old said.

"As soon as I hit it, I thought about what happened to Carlos [Sainz]. I thought 'just please keep the wheels on until the line, and then they can fall off it they want!'

"In the end, I don’t think I lost much to it, I think I carried so much speed into the corner that I gained in what I lost out by hitting the wall. It probably didn’t change my overall position.

"It took a pretty big hit yesterday as well, and it held up. We’ll see. It felt a bit buckled, the car wobbled a bit as I crossed the line. I’m sure the FIA will let us change parts if we need to if they look a bit worse for wear.

"I don’t think I lost the tenth and half that Seb [Vettel] was in front. Pretty happy. This weekend was steady, I think we’ve built up to it. We got it all together and we’re pretty happy with fourth. We’re only three tenths from pole."