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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.