Daniel Ricciardo reckons he will have to fight hard to remain in the top 10 during Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Ricciardo will start the race from ninth place on the grid but expects midfield rivals to have the advantage of fresher tyres.
“That was not an easy session and we had to work harder here to get to Q3 than we did in a few other races where we have managed it,” said the Australian driver.
“I was a bit disappointed not to get a little bit more time out of my lap in Q3, with Jenson [Button] a couple of tenths ahead and it would have been nice to get that. So I think ninth is pretty good all things considered.”
“As for the race, the guys who went out in Q2 might have a little bit of a tyre advantage, so let’s hope that doesn’t have too much influence tomorrow. We will race as hard as we can and hope to stay in the points.”
Team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne was unable to make it through to Q3 and will start the race from twelfth place.
The Frenchman is optimistic that he can challenge for points.
“It was extremely close and it’s a shame I didn’t make it to Q3,” said Vergne.
“But I think we can have a good car for the race. I am still optimistic for tomorrow and I believe that starting twelfth, scoring points is a realistic target. It was very tight this evening and one tenth of a second could have made all the difference and I think there were a couple of places where I could have found that tenth, so it’s a bit frustrating, but that’s it and tomorrow will be better.”