Daniel Ricciardo is delighted with his best qualifying performance for McLaren – P4 at the Belgian GP.
The Australian was among the drivers that capitalized from difficult conditions at Spa Francorchamps as he had qualified fourth for Sunday’s race. Ricciardo admitted that he was feeling more comfortable in the car as the session progressed.
“I think it kind of showed that it took a few laps to get that confidence and these conditions certainly reward some feel and some finesse but ultimately confidence as well. So Q1 I was still a bit off but I was making improvements and then Q2 still a bit off but I made a really good step, and then I think Q3 was another good step,” he said.
“So I don’t want to say that it’s perfect yet, of course, but I’m really happy with the progress and obviously I just expect Q1 to be closer and then I can be in the mix early on. But yeah, second row, I’m going to take it of course. With these crazy weather conditions and everything I’ll take it with a smile.”
The McLaren driver is looking to perform at the best level no matter what weather will be on Sunday.
“The only thing with racing in the wet is visibility. So qualifying you can create space to a point where the spray is not too bad, but in a race you’re there. And even in P4 you’re going to have pretty much no visibility. So I mean that’s the only thing that makes racing in the wet less fun, because you literally don’t see. But for competitiveness-wise I don’t know.
“I think we’ve got a decent car in the dry, so if the sun’s shining I’m certainly not against that. We’ll see. Whatever I think or hope for, it ain’t going to change what will actually happen! So I think right now all I want is a warm shower, not a cold one, and we’ll go from there.”