Daniel Ricciardo looked surprised after his qualifying performance, where he was eliminated in Q2. The Australian will start the Austrian GP from P13.
He said that he felt much better than the results showed. His teammate Lando Norris will start the race from P2 alongside polesitter Max Verstappen. The Briton missed the pole by just four-hundredths of a second.
Ricciardo looked clearly surprised when he learned that his qualifying was over after Q2. He felt much better in the car, and he also believed that he had made progress.
“If I wouldn’t look at the classification, I would in my head think that today was a good day. Like it was a solid day and everything was feeling pretty familiar.”
“So yeah, there’s obviously still something that is missing, and I think we’ll just have to dig a bit deeper for that.”
“I think in a way, weirdly enough, I feel okay. I feel alright in the car, so I’ll just keep trying to search for where that lap time is.”
The Australian also knew that he still had some catching up to do compared to teammate Norris.
“It’s not a tenth, we’re still talking big margins. So that one will require probably a bit more analysis.”
However, he also said that he was nevertheless able to take away positive aspects from qualifying.
“I definitely do feel more comfortable in the car now. It’s not kind of race two or race three where I’m like, I know that there is still just more to come naturally from seat time.”
“I do feel, and especially now this is the third of a tripleheader like I’ve had enough time in the car and consistently in the last few weeks to be at a level of comfort with it.”
“Sure, there still might be a couple of little mistakes here or there.”