Ricciardo: Yellow flag hurt us


Like most of the drivers that made it into Q3, Daniel Ricciardo claimed that the yellow flags caused by Fernando Alonso hurt his chances of grabbing pole.

Before the yellow flags were raised, many drivers were on hot laps, including Ricciardo, who was running in P2 at the time.

However, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was the only one who managed to improve on his time as he knocked teammate Lewis Hamilton and the Aussie driver to second and third respectively.

"We got hurt by the yellow as well," said the Aussie.

"I was pretty angry on that last lap because I was up a bit and I think it would have put me closer to pole.

"It would have been interesting without the yellow so I'm a little bit disappointed but at the same time the session went really well."

On the conditions of Saturday's F1 action, the Red Bull driver admitted that the rain wasn’t ideal as they had to adapt quickly and judge when the right time was to go on wets, inters or slicks.

"In all conditions we were competitive," he explained.

"It was crazy and you had to adapt really quickly, when to go the slicks in Q2, or even just getting out of the pitlane on the slick tyres when it was so wet. It was challenging but fun.

"On the last corner in Q3, there was still a bit of a wet patch just next to the curb that sucked me in. I was in for a little bit of a ride but survived in the end."