Ricciardo happy despite missing out on Q3

By on Saturday, November 16, 2013
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Daniel Ricciardo says he is pleased despite narrowly missing out on a place in the top 10 shootout during qualifying for the United States Grand Prix.

Ricciardo will start the race at the Circuit of the Americas from 11th place on the grid.

"Overall, I am pretty happy with eleventh, which is clearly very close to making the cut to Q3," he said.

"However in Q1 I was frustrated with the balance of the car and I felt I was quite lucky to get into Q2. I believe the wind conditions were making life tricky for everyone and I don’t think I was the only one struggling."

"I was pretty happy with my Q2 lap even though the car was moving around a lot. Now I’m looking forward to the race: I’m just outside the top ten, I’m on the clean side of the track and I get a free tyre choice."

Team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne was 16th quickest and was at a loss to explain his lack of pace.

"I can’t explain my performance or lack of it this afternoon," he said.

"We struggled with the car right from the start of the weekend, but we had made progress overnight and improved it in FP3. Then, this afternoon, on my first run in Q1 I was struggling on my first run on the Hard tyre, but as soon as I fitted the Medium, I gained two seconds and all of sudden, I had a driveable car and set a good time and was much happier."

"But in Q2, when I had opted to go for just a single timed lap on the new Option, I again found the car very difficult to drive. Maybe it is linked to the warm-up of the tyres, as it is very difficult to get them up to temperature, so we will have to look at that, but generally, I just didn’t feel comfortable driving the car. Tomorrow we will see what happens, when hopefully the improvement we made overnight will pay off over the long runs."

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