Daniel Ricciardo’s hopes of a strong result in his home race suffered a major blow when he crashed during qualifying.
His Red Bull snapped out of control at turn 14 and went backwards into the barrier, leaving him unlikely to start higher than tenth. A fan at the track captured this new video of the crash.
“I don’t crash into the barriers often and the last place I want to do that is at home,” said Ricciardo.
“But I feel I crashed for the right reason, as I was basically pushing and trying to find the limit and these things happen, so let’s say I’m not disappointed by the approach, it was just more of a frustrating outcome, starting tenth instead of being under the top five.”
“I feel for the mechanics because they’ve had a long week and now they’ve got a long night ahead of them.”
He added there was one upside from his Saturday. “I saved a set of ultra-softs in Q2, I know that not everyone in front of me has, so maybe that gives me a chance.”
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year