Australian Daniel Ricciardo had a very positive race at the Portuguese Grand Prix. After a poor qualifying on Saturday, where he was out in Q1, Ricciardo managed to finish in points as he secured 9th place.
It was also his first Q1 elimination since the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix. And after taking P9 on Sunday, Ricciardo said the frustrations from qualifying were still on his mind ahead of the race.
He said: “I mean, I certainly still woke up frustrated this morning; you’ve got to clear it from your mind and obviously what’s done is done. Yeah, I should be starting wherever but I’m not. Get on with it and stop sulking.”
“For sure, I was still frustrated and it’s hard to shake when you believe in yourself and you know what you’re capable of and when you don’t execute it breaks you. You get 23 chances a year, it’s actually not that much. When you don’t get it right, even waiting seven days, it’s a long time to kind of live with it.”
‘I wanted to attack on the first lap and take a few risks’: Daniel Ricciardo
In the first lap of the race, Ricciardo jumped a few places and had a great start. He attacked from word go and later said that it was his pla.
He said: “I wanted to attack on the first lap and take a few risks – I felt I did and it paid off – and then just chipped away in the race.”
“Some strong points, I think some parts of the race with really good promise and some others with not so much, but I think those highlighted some things in the car that I’m still probably asking for and I think we could find some with set-up and not necessarily with an update,” he concluded.
The F1 contingent will now move to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix which will be held this weekend. The weekend in Catalunya will be the 4th Round of the World Championships.