Daniel Ricciardo was in a good mood after qualifying on the second row of the grid for the British Grand Prix, although admits he was frustrated at losing his perfect qualifying record against his teammate.
Ricciardo hadn’t been out-qualified for a race this season by either Daniil Kvyat or Verstappen until he finished three-tenths adrift of Verstappen’s best effort during Saturday’s qualifying session.
Asked whether he was upset that his perfect record against his teammate had come to an end, Ricciardo replied: “Yes, absolutely, I wanted a perfect season with qualifying.
“So I am a little bit pissed off with that. But it happens. I will just stab someone tomorrow! No, seriously, I will!”
Starting from fourth position, Ricciardo has a very good chance to fill the final podium step as Red Bull showed very competitive race simulation times during yesterday’s practice sessions, and they’re confident they have cleared Ferrari this weekend.
“It is nice to get in front of them here. I thought it would be within a tenths or something, but it looks like we have a couple tenths or more on them, so that is nice,” he said.
However, the Australian doesn’t expect the gap to the Scuderia to last the season, as he sees a constant battle throughout the rest of the year given certain tracks play to the strengths of Ferrari.
“We have seen a few races this year where we have looked like we have come out on top, and then they will come out the next race. I think it will probably be like this for the whole year.
“We will have our moments and they will have theirs. It is nice to do it here. After this we have Budapest, and that is probably a strong track for both of us, but I would like to think we can do the same there. And Hockenheim maybe they sneak ahead. Probably that suits them a bit more.”
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