Ricciardo upbeat as Red Bull overhauls Ferrari

By on Saturday, May 14, 2016
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Daniel Ricciardo expressed his elation as Red Bull overhauled Ferrari during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Ricciardo completed only a single run in Q3 but it was sufficient for the Australian to qualify in third place, with new team-mate Max Verstappen in fourth place.

Ferrari was unable to respond to the times of Ricciardo and Verstappen, leaving Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in fifth and sixth.

"Firstly I'm really happy to be back here in this press conference, I'll try and be here tomorrow," he said as the top three explained their qualifying efforts.

"I'm happy to be in front of both Ferraris -  both of us, Max was doing really good, both of us on the second row which is awesome, we chipped away at it, it took a bit of time to come.

"In Q3 I knew I had one lap, knew I had the pace and where I could do it and it was just about putting it together, up to then I hadn’t put it together but Q3 is where it counts and I did what I had to do."

Ricciardo added that he did not expect both Red Bull drivers to beat Ferrari.

"We both locked out second row of the grid, for both of us [to do it] I'm happy to be ahead of Ferrari;

"I thought maybe one of us could get a p4 and split one Ferrari but to both do that is really cool."

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