Ricciardo ‘surprised’ to split Ferrari drivers

Date published: April 15 2017

Daniel Ricciardo has said he did not fully expect to be on the second row of the grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Aussie qualified P4 on the grid after improving with his second Q3 lap to put him ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, with team-mate Max Verstappen starting from P6.

"It's a bit of a surprise," Ricciardo said in the paddock.

"We kind of thought if we put everything together there might be a chance at the second row, and we got it.

"I don't know what Kimi's lap was like, but to jump a Ferrari is nice; it's good progress in one week, so I'm pretty happy.

Ricciardo was then asked about the prospect of perhaps getting the better of Ferrari in the race itself.

Ricciardo replied:  "I'd love to. I think they've still got a pretty big margin.

"If they run into some tyre degradation, maybe we can have a bit of a go. We'll see at the start.

"Once the race settles I think they'll still have a bit more pace. But I think it's still up in the air with a one- or a two-stop race, so maybe that'll play into our hands."