Daniel Ricciardo admits that he is slightly disappointed at having missed out on a place in Q3 during qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix.
Ricciardo will start the race from 11th place on the grid and admits that an error in Friday practice affected his running.
“Honestly, when I crossed the line, my engineer came on the radio and told me I was currently P9 and I thought this could be good, but a few corners later I had dropped to P11,” he said.
“So I was a bit disappointed, even if I think I probably got the most out of it. We had a pretty intense morning, after I went off and damaged the car on Friday, which meant I didn’t do a long run.”
“So we tried to do that today and as a result, we had to neglect our short run work a little bit. All the same, we did a good job in qualifying and being eleventh, I get a free tyre choice for the start, although I know some of the top ten opted to do their final runs on the Prime.”
Team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne will start fro 13th on the grid and reckons he can fight for his first points since the Canadian Grand Prix.
“I can be reasonably pleased with my fastest lap, as it was pretty clean, even if I lost a little bit of time on a kerb, but nothing too serious,” he said.
“It’s very close in our part of the field and we did a good job overnight and this morning to improve the car and there’s only a few tenths between a whole group of us. I think tomorrow in the race, with the Option tyre not lasting very long, there are plenty of choices we can make relating to strategy and I feel confident we can fight for a points position finish.”