Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that he was left feeling angered by the yellow flags brought out by Fernando Alonso in the final stages of qualifying.

According to Alonso, he was overdriving the car into Turn 8 having lost time at Turn 6 where he cut the chicane after braking too late, this led him to spin at Turn 9 which brought the yellow flags out.

The flags caught out Lewis Hamilton who was on track to improve his previous best time as well as Ricciardo who was also on a personal best.

“I was pretty angry on that last lap because I was up a bit and it would have put me closer to pole” Ricciardo said.

“It would have been interested without the yellow. So a little bit disappointed. At the same time, I think the session went well. In all conditions we were competitive.”

Despite the lap interruption, Ricciardo will start tomorrow’s Hungarian grand Prix in third position ahead of his teammate Max Verstappen who starts the race in fourth.

Verstappen finished qualifying over two-tenths of a second down on Ricciardo’s time, but believed pole was possible had he not taken the chequered flag before he was able to begin his final run.

“What I could have done? It was a bit unfortunate to miss out by one or two seconds to the red light” Verstappen said.

“Everybody was backing off in the last sector, and I was the last car. So I wanted to create a free space because once you are stuck behind them you are not going to improve your lap time anyway. In the end, even if I had made it, I would not have improved my time because there was a yellow flag.

“Once I got the yellow flag I like ok I just keep pushing and we will see what happens. And I was straightaway half a second faster in the first sector, so if you count that off the lap time I had did, that would be very close to Nico.

“So it is a bit unfortunate, but at the end we are still on the second row, so everything is possible for tomorrow.”

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