Daniel Ricciardo has said that he left “not much more on the table” after qualifying in third position behind the Mercedes drivers for the German Grand Prix.

Despite radioing his team once the session was over that he lost the rear of his car on the exit of Turn 8, the Australian is happy with his performance and is looking forward to giving the Mercedes a challenge tomorrow.

“I think we got pretty close to be honest,” Ricciardo said.

“My first lap in Q3 was really good and I knew there probably wasn’t that much more on the table with my second run.

“In the end a couple of mistakes so maybe a tenth with the perfect lap but not enough to challenge the pole. We’re close enough, I said yesterday if we can be within half a second that’s not a bad day in qualifying.”

Red Bull seem to have closed the gap even further to Mercedes this weekend, with the Austrian team posting competitive race simulation times to that of the Silver Arrows.

On race simulation with the super soft tyres bolted on, Red Bull were four to five tenths of a second on average off Mercedes’ pace, although both Ricciardo and Verstappen posted the odd lap quicker than the championship leaders on multiple occasions.

“Hopefully we can do something tomorrow and from what I understand we might have different tyres available to us for the race so hopefully that makes a difference.”

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