Ricciardo left frustrated after qualifying sixth

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Daniel Ricciardo has made no secret of his frustration after qualifying in sixth place for tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver was less than 0.05 seconds away from third place on the grid, and was left ruing a scrappy final qualifying lap at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve today.

“I’m trying to cheer myself up,” he joked after qualifying. “I was a bit frustrated. Obviously when you’re less than half a tenth from three more positions up the grid that’s frustrating no matter what.

“It was scrappy. I lost quite a chunk in the second sector and I think here we struggled. Basically the super-soft has been a lot harder to turn on this year, and particularly around here, we basically needed a quick out lap, and we had to let a couple of quick guys through.

“There was a couple of guys in front as well, so basically it wasn’t a quick enough out lap, I think, and just tried to fight a bit too much with the car when the tires and everything wasn’t quite there to be fought with, and for that reason it was pretty scrappy.”

Ricciardo admitted that he had pushed too hard on his final lap, but he does remain hopeful of a good showing in the race tomorrow.

“I could see I was a bit down in the first sector, a bit slower,” he explained. “Then I was just trying to make up lost time, in the end losing myself more time. We’ve been a little bit weak across the chicanes, and sector two has got a couple of them. We were fighting the car quite a lot through there.

“I probably overstepped it, and sometimes have got to understand when to take a little step back. We do have to try. You can’t be too nice around here, you do have to take hold of it. I was probably just asking a bit too much from where the tire was for what I had. We’ll hopefully have a good one tomorrow.”

Ricciardo will certainly be in the hunt for his third straight podium finish this weekend, but he will face some stiff opposition from the two Williams drivers and world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel in the battle to be best of the rest behind Mercedes.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”