Following a troubled third practice session, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo said he’d shoot for fifth as a best possible result in Australian Grand Prix qualifying.
By coming seventh, and still making it into Q3, he was still generally happy with his day. He told NBCSN’s Will Buxton he was “pretty pleased” with the effort.
“We made progress through the session which is promising, it was so good to feel the car for once and push it properly,” Ricciardo said. “I think seventh is where we are now and I’m happy we achieved that as the weekend hasn’t gone well until now and qualifying was the first time I used the soft tire.
“The drivability has been tricky; we suffered a bit this time last year, but there are a few more issues this year which weren’t expected, but it’s how it is and we need to try and sort it out. I’m really happy with seventh as realistically that’s the best we could have done today. The progress we made through qualifying is real and hopefully we can carry that on for the race.”
Ricciardo finished second in his home Grand Prix a year ago in his Red Bull debut, but was disqualified after the race for a fuel number irregularity.
Meanwhile his new teammate, Daniil Kvyat, will roll off unlucky 13th for his own maiden Red Bull voyage.
“We are trying our best. It was hard with the few laps that we had and I was just trying to get up to speed; I didn’t have enough confidence to make a good lap. It’s not easy at the moment because we are trying to solve some problems, but we are making progress,” said the Russian.
You can watch the Australian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 12:30a ET tomorrow.