Ricciardo: Spain qualifying result proves strength of RB12

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Daniel Ricciardo believes that his charge to third place in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday proves that Red Bull has one of the strongest chassis on the grid.

Red Bull has struggled to battle with Mercedes and Ferrari so far this season, but managed to split the manufacturers on Saturday afternoon.

Ricciardo led Red Bull’s charge in third place, while Max Verstappen will start his first race for the team from fourth after an impressive display in Q3.

Speaking after qualifying, Ricciardo set his sights on his first podium finish of the season before saying that the result proved the strength of the RB12 car.

“Firstly I’m really happy to be back in the top three on Saturday and will try and be back here tomorrow,” Ricciardo said.

“I’m happy for both of us to be in front of the Ferraris, we are both on the second row, which is pretty awesome.

“It took a bit of time to come together, but in Q3 I knew I had one lap and knew I had the pace and where I could do it; it was about putting it all together – up until then I hadn’t, but Q3 is what counts and I did it, so I’m really happy.

“I think this is really the first track of the year that we’ve put on the majority of the downforce on the car, so our strengths are coming back.

“It shows that we have a car underneath us, so it’ll be interesting on twisty circuits.”

The Spanish Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7am ET on Sunday.