Ricciardo: Sochi circuit ‘not our strength’

Date published: April 29 2017 - Editor

Daniel Ricciardo is trying to focus on the positives after qualifying in P5 for the Russian Grand Prix.

The Aussie was slower than his Q3 session in last year's race, while Williams' Felipe Massa split him from his team-mate Max Verstappen.

"I'd rather look at the position than the time," Ricciardo said.

"We knew fifth was going to be the highest achievable position in qualifying today, that's what we came into the weekend fighting for, so I'm happy to come out of our little battle with that.

"I looked at the times and it's a big one [the gap to the front], but we know this circuit is not our strength.

"It's not a nice thing to know, but last year I was about 1.7 seconds off pole, and I'm about 1.8 seconds off pole this year, and in two races we were on pole position.

"I'm going to stay positive and accept fifth today."