Daniel Ricciardo believes that a wet set-up on his Toro Rosso could pay dividends on Sunday.
Ricciardo starts from sixteenth place, with wet weather forecast.
“Today, we ran at more or less the same pace we had since the start of Friday. When the rain came just at the start, I was hoping it would stay, as I feel we have a better chance in the wet”, he said.
“In fact, given the forecast, that’s the reason, I’ve opted for a set-up that will favour those conditions tomorrow. This afternoon was mostly a battle with my team-mate and I don’t think I could have got any further up the order. If our bet pays off and it does rain, then we can definitely fight for some points tomorrow”.
Team mate Jean-Eric Vergne also adds that he has nothing to lose.
“It wasn’t too bad, given that I had struggled to find the best set-up since yesterday. In qualifying, the car was the best it has been all weekend”, said the French rookie.
“Maybe I could have been a tiny bit faster, even if I did not make any mistakes, but probably not enough to improve my position. Our car definitely felt better when the track conditions were cooler, which is encouraging for tomorrow when we can expect it to be even cooler and wet at times”.
“I feel we can have a good race tomorrow and be opportunistic if the rain comes. We will try everything, we have nothing to lose and I want to finish my first season with a good result”.