For one day anyway, the racing gods have smiled on Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull Racing.
The Monaco polesitter now has his second front row start of the season, as he’ll inherit P2 following Sergio Perez’s grid penalty for Sunday’s European Grand Prix from Baku, Azerbaijan (Sunday, 8 a.m. ET, NBCSN).
Perez and Ricciardo have both had incidents this weekend, Perez in third free practice and Ricciardo in first free practice. It’s Perez’s incident though that damaged his gearbox and necessitated a five-grid spot penalty, thus giving the Australian a shot to move forward.
“It was hectic. Intense!” Ricciardo said of the session during the post-qualifying press conference.
“Thanks to the guys and the team for getting me out to make sure I got a lap in. My first run in Q3 was pretty average to say the least.”
But, despite Lewis Hamilton’s accident and qualifying stuff that brought out a red flag, it meant there was still a mad dash to get back out.
“Then I had one more chance. Thought (the first run) was looking like that was it. I knew not everyone would get a lap, so get a lap to jump up from seventh. I think Seb (Vettel) – I maybe gave him a bit of a tow!
“But it was good. Very good, really happy to bounce back with a top three.”
Ricciardo was desperately unlucky in both Monaco and Canada and he’ll have to be hoping bad luck doesn’t come in threes, as he seeks his first win since 2014.