Daniel Ricciardo handed grid penalty after gearbox change

Ricciardo’s run of five consecutive podium finishes may have came to an end on Sunday, but the Australian was happy to gain fourteen places from his grid slot, and he feels that in the last six races he has happy with his race craft.

Ricciardo had been leading the timesheets for much of Q1, however, he was forced to stop his Red Bull half way through the session and with conditions improving, he plummeted down the timesheets and was knocked out of qualifying. Although the top three remain the same from qualifying, things change a little behind as Valtteri Bottas, Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo share a total grid drop of 50 places between them, the majority of which belong to the McLaren driver.

“We lost a bit, the first sector as well we are losing out, but I almost spun on the first run on the super softs in Maggots/Becketts”.

“I have no idea how an engine works still but I know what a turbo sounds like”. And then the second lap you lose the peak of the tyre, so the one lap pace can certainly be better, but overall balance we can improve. Especially judging by the auto last week, in the high speed we can definitely improve. We were lacking the speed and therefore unable to get close to the Mercedes and Ferraris but the vehicle still felt good so I had fun out there.

“I’m just disappointed not to show more of what we could do in qualifying as these conditions should have given us a bit more of an opportunity”. We were quick out of the box, and I saw Max jump up there, so we have a good auto.

“We need to find a bit more speed to get on the podium”.