“It’s a bit of a mystery, actually” – McLaren star Daniel Ricciardo is unsure how he lost a second as he couldn’t get past Q2 at the Styrian Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo’s first season with McLaren went from bad to worse as he couldn’t make it to Q3 of the Styrian GP. This has shocked him, considering he was looking very impressive yesterday, ending FP2 in P2.
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The Aussie is looking to do much better tomorrow, after being all over the pace in qualifying. He will have the benefit of choosing the tyres to start the race with.
“It’s a bit of a mystery, actually. We were obviously quick yesterday. I know it’s only Friday practice, I don’t expect to be fighting for pole position today. But obviously we were pretty comfortable with everything.
“We put the car on track today and we are like one second slower, pretty much. So, really, then qualifying was a product of also this morning, we were just off the pace. But why, I’m not sure.
“This was definitely one of those days, a bit of a frustrating one. We’ll obviously try to understand why, how. But I felt like it’s not like there was a lot of time here or there, it as just a little bit of lap time everywhere and you try and improve a bit but I just felt like everything I did I was not really able to gain anything else out of the car.
“The quali’s done so we have to certainly look to tomorrow. And the one positive with being out in Q2 is you have the free tyre choice. So we’ll obviously try and try and play around a bit there.