Daniel Ricciardo looking to “charge through” the field after Q1 exit

Daniel Ricciardo looking to “charge through” the field after Q1 exit

Starting from 15th at the Turkish Grand Prix after being knocked out in Q1, Daniel Ricciardo is aiming to “charge” past his companions.

Experiencing somewhat of a resurgence after the summer break, Daniel Ricciardo lucked out during qualifying at the Turkish Grand Prix. The Australian, for the most part, has been showing steady improvement since Spa. However, Saturday’s session showed he is still not quite up to par with the MCL35M.

Ricciardo stayed fairly close to Norris during the preceding practice sessions, but difficulty firing up his soft tyres, compounded with some time mismanagement at the end of Q1 saw him exit prematurely.

The rain that was expected for qualifying turned out to be nothing more than a bit of drizzle in the early stages of Q1. However, with the track still damp in places, drivers had difficulty getting heat into the tyres, resulting in a lack of grip and plenty of spins.

With conditions improving in the closing stages of the session, lap times were quickly improving. However, McLaren may have sent Ricciardo back out just that little bit too early. With his time being knocked down the timesheet by drivers with a later run.

“I think it was that we struggled with the soft,” Ricciardo said after exiting in Q1. “So the first run, the track was improving because it was still a bit damp, and I think at the time, relatively, we were doing alright.

“As it kept improving, we came in for that second set of softs and made some adjustments, but they still didn’t give me the grip or feeling I desired. I struggled a bit with the soft yesterday, so I guess we still probably aren’t on top of that. So not really any excuses, just weren’t quick enough.

“Everyone was always improving, so if you have a magic wand, you want to be the last one to cross the line, and there’s probably going to be some free time there, but we couldn’t plan or judge any of that.

“There were yellow flags pretty often in Turn 1, so your lap would get aborted, and then you’re out of sync, so just the nature of these changing conditions, and we didn’t get on top of it today.”

Qualifying 16th, Ricciardo will shift up one place to start 15th, after Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz moves to the back of the grid due to an engine penalty.

This isn’t the first time Ricciardo has seen himself starting well back in the field, with poor qualifying performances during the first half of the season resulting in him having to work his way through the field, past slower cars.

“We have every option available now, so that will take some excitement talking about that tonight, trying to find a comeback tomorrow,” Ricciardo continued.

“I don’t really know if it’s going to be easy to overtake or not. No tracks are easy, but I think it’s still possible. Try to put on an attack tomorrow, put on a charge. There are a few companions with me towards the back, so hopefully, we can put on a show and charge through.”