Daniel Ricciardo has made no secret of his disappointment after qualifying ninth for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver failed to trouble the front-runners at Monza today, and although he only finished four-tenths of a second behind McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen in fifth place, he felt that the team should have done better, even if it was expecting a difficult session.
“Even though we expected a tricky qualifying, I’m still disappointed,” Ricciardo said. “Ninth is not something to get really excited about.
“Seb’s in front, but he’s only in eighth as well and as a team we would have loved to have been a bit closer to the top five.
“We knew we wouldn’t challenge for the front two rows, but we thought that maybe sixth could be possible. Fingers crossed we’ve got better race pace tomorrow and we’ll try and do something with that.”
As Ricciardo mentioned, teammate Sebastian Vettel could only qualify one position ahead in eighth place, but the German driver is a bit more optimistic for the race tomorrow.
“I think realistically anything from P5 to P10 was maybe possible, but it was very close,” Vettel said. “It’s a shame when you miss a couple of positions by just a few tenths or so, but we knew it would be like that going into today.
“We should be quicker than McLaren tomorrow, I’d say we’ll be about the same as Ferrari, while Williams and Mercedes will likely be a bit too quick for us, but we’ll look after ourselves and see what happens in the race.”
You can watch the Italian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET tomorrow.