Daniel Ricciardo: Red Bull ace bemoans F1 qualifying woe | F1 | Sport

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Ricciardo is widely regarded as one of the quickest drivers on the Formula One grid but in 2017 he was on the back foot for much of the year.

The Australian’s highest finish in qualifying was third on two occasions but team-mate Max Verstappen was able to qualify in second place three times.

Verstappen also dominated the qualifying head-to-head 13 to 7 in his favour.

Ricciardo’s strength came on Sundays as he fought back from lowly positions, finishing on the podium nine times.

He also produced a storming drive to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in June.

But Ricciardo says he is aware he needs to be less sensitive to get the best from his Red Bull.

“I used to be called a Saturday driver, now I feel I’m probably called a Sunday driver,” Ricciardo told Motorsport.com

“Who would have thought?

“I’ll put it down to a couple of things. I wouldn’t say I’ve struggled with the car, but it’s been a bit trickier to maximise.

“There were a lot of laps on Saturdays… I mean I crashed twice in qualifying, which is very uncharacteristic – Australia and Baku – where it was trickier certainly.

“For whatever reason, Max didn’t find it as complicated to start the year. 

“Naturally, I was probably too sensitive to it as well.

“A lot of the time, it was probably better to just say ‘f**k it’, and just drive it, and deal with the grip I had as opposed to try and finetune it too much.”



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