Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, Silverstone, 2021

Ricciardo “frustrated” even after return to Q3 at Silverstone

2021 British Grand Prix

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Daniel Ricciardo wasn’t entirely happy with his qualifying performance despite taking seventh on the grid, his best result for six races.

The McLaren driver failed to reach Q3 in either of the last two races at the Red Bull Ring. At Silverstone he made it into the final 10 and qualified just two-thousandths of a second slower than team mate Lando Norris.

But despite being pleased by his progress Ricciardo admitted he could have done better.

“It was definitely a better day,” he told Sky. “It was better and I’m a little frustrated because I feel like there was there was a little bit more. I think we had a bit more in the last run.

Charles Leclerc, who qualified fourth, was less than a tenth of a second faster than the McLaren pair.

“Looking at the times, I think Charles [was] maybe half a tenth in front, in P4, honestly I feel like that was achievable.

“Looking at the last few qualifying [sessions] for sure, everyone will be like ‘this is a lot better’ and it is. But maybe that’s why I’m more frustrated, because I feel like there was even more today. So I’m somewhat in the middle at the moment.”

Ricciardo achieved one of his better starting positions of the season despite having only an hour to practice in F1’s revised timetable for its first sprint qualifying weekend.

“I’ve actually really liked just one practice, straight into quali,” he said. “We had it a few times last year in Imola and Nurburgring, because of weather, and it was cool. It kind of just makes you get on with it.

“So, who knows what tomorrow is like with the practice and the sprint qualifying, but so far so good.”

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4 comments on “Ricciardo “frustrated” even after return to Q3 at Silverstone”

  1. There is an interesting point. Generally less free practice running has been enjoyed by all in the times it has happened. I wonder what else besides sprint qualifying could be used to provide value to the fans at the weekend if they did decide to only run one practice session as the norm.

    1. @skipgamer how about… even more F2 races. 3 is clearly not enough. I think 5 should be the absolute minimum for 1 weekend but 4 of them should be reverse grid and the last one should actually award points backwards and give the most points to whoever finished last ;-)

  2. Leclerc is a great qualifier.

  3. I believe it’s braking that’s Ricciardo’s problem with the McLaren and not much of that here. Will still be a useful confidence boost.

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