Ricciardo 'angry' after yellow flags ruin lap

By on Saturday, July 23, 2016
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Daniel Ricciardo described himself as "pretty angry" as his final qualifying effort at the Hungarian Grand Prix was scuppered by Fernando Alonso's spin in Q3.

Alonso lost control of his McLaren as he rounded Turn 9 and brought out the yellow flags as a result, meaning several drivers had to abort their final efforts.

Ricciardo ultimately wound up third but was disappointed at being denied last attempt.

"We got hurt by the yellow [flag]," he said. "I was pretty angry on that last lap, because I was up a bit and I think it would have put me closer to pole.

"It would have been interesting without the yellow, so I’m a little bit disappointed, because it’s a maybe what could have been."

Ricciardo is nonetheless confident that he can fight the Mercedes drivers for victory.

"We’ve more or less fought for it the last two years and I think we’re even closer this year than we have been in the past, in terms of pure pace,2 he said.

"We’re getting stronger and we were close today and in all conditions we weren’t too far off pole.

"Tomorrow should be interesting. As always the Mercs have had good long run pace, we’ve seen [that] in free practice, but we’ll be there and obviously we start close enough to the front to make a fight of it and so hopefully it’s an exciting race."

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