Ricciardo elated with maiden front row start

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014
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Daniel Ricciardo could barely contain his excitement after setting the second fastest time during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo set the provisional pole position time during the closing moments of a wet session but he was narrowly edged out by Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton.

It was Ricciardo's best qualifying result in his Formula 1 career on his first outing for Red Bull.

"It was exciting out there – the weather definitely added to the mix and the whole session went well," he said.

"Q1 looked like it was going okay for us and then, when the rain fell, it’s the first time we’ve driven these cars on the limit in wet conditions. It was tricky, but at the same time a lot of fun and it was nice to always be up there.

"The engineer was always on the radio saying the pace was good and that we were P1, P2 P3 and in the battle for the pole position, so it was definitely a really nice first qualifying session with the team. I’m happy for us to have a front row start – it wasn’t looking like this a few weeks ago, so I’m pretty pleased right now."

Team principal Christian Horner praised his new driver's performance.

"It was unbelievable for Dan today. He’s been so relaxed all weekend. He was on fire though all three qualifying sessions and all credit to him starting his home race and his debut race for us on the front row of the grid," said Horner.


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