MONTMELO – Daniel Ricciardo made no secret of his disappointment after qualifying down in tenth place for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday.
The Australian driver has enjoyed a mixed start to the 2015 season, scoring points in every race despite dealing with a number of reliability issues on his Red Bull RB11 car.
Despite bringing a number of updates to Spain for this weekend’s race, Red Bull struggled to fight with the front-runners in qualifying.
Daniil Kvyat finished as the leading driver for the team, qualifying eighth ahead of Ricciardo, who finished Q3 in tenth position.
“I think tenth place must be my worst qualy since I started with the team, so it wasn’t the best day,” Ricciardo said. “I was frustrated mainly in sector three. In Q1 and Q2 I felt it was my strongest sector, but then in the end we lost maybe half a second or more through there, and I don’t really have an explanation for why that happened.
“I am disappointed with the outcome, as I had hoped to be at least P7 or P8. From the long run I did in FP3 this morning, the car performed consistently and the balance was okay, so we should be okay on tires tomorrow.
“We are not really quick enough down the straights, so we need a good start and then we will try and do something with strategy.”
Kvyat did not overplay his own qualifying result, but was pleased to have a clean race weekend after dealing with a number of issues on his car in the first four rounds of the season.
“I did my best and so I can’t be happy with P8,” Kvyat said. “Maybe we have not got the most out of our upgrades just yet, but I’m sure the team can turn things around.
“At least this weekend, we have had a clean free practice and qualifying and, step by step we will get there.
“Nevertheless, tomorrow is the day that matters, the thing we are all fighting for and there is still everything to play for, so I can definitely aim to score some points starting from where I am on the grid.”
The Spanish Grand Prix is live on NBCSN from 7:30am ET tomorrow.