Improved form pleases Ricciardo

By on Saturday, July 27, 2013
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Daniel Ricciardo says he is pleased by his recent form, having reached Q3 for the fourth successive race.

Ricciardo set the eighth fastest time during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

"It was good to get into Q3 again," he said.

"We seem to make a habit of finding a little bit extra for qualifying, although ideally, I’d like to be on the pace right from Friday and chip away at the lap times within the top ten. We made some set-up changes overnight and they seem to have worked, although we had a bit of work to do to get to Q3 today. I think we got the most out of the car this afternoon."

"I was happy with the way I drove and I am pleased with my form at the moment. But now comes the bit of the weekend that counts and we will try to get it right, beginning with making a good start. I am not too concerned about starting on the “dirty” side of the grid and with all the various support races before the Grand Prix, I am sure it will be fine."

Team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne could manage only fourteenth place and remains puzzled by his deficit to Ricciardo.

"I’m not really sure how I ended up several tenths slower than my team-mate in Q2, so I am keen to see what we can learn from the data," he said.

"We did not have too many actual problems, apart from the fact that since Friday I appear to lack downforce on my car. Tomorrow will be very difficult in these conditions, especially for the Soft tyres and so, getting the strategy right will make all the difference. The car has improved since Friday, so given all the uncertainties we can face tomorrow, I am still in a reasonably optimistic frame of mind and hope to get myself into a position where I can fight for some points."


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