Ricciardo happy to continue Q3 'habit'
27 July 2013 – Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo has declared himself pleased with his qualifying performance for the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Australian finishing eighth after securing his fourth appearance in the top-ten shootout in as many races.
Ricciardo recorded a 1:20.641 to out-qualify team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne for the eighth time this season, but reckons there is still extra pace to be gleaned from the STR8, admitting that without a disappointing Friday he may have placed even higher.
"It was good to get into Q3 again," Ricciardo began. "We seem to make a habit of finding a little bit extra for qualifying, although ideally, I’d like to be on the pace right from Friday and chip away at the lap times within the top ten. We made some set-up changes overnight and they seem to have worked, although we had a bit of work to do to get to Q3 today. I think we got the most out of the car this afternoon. I was happy with the way I drove and I am pleased with my form."
Having thus far failed to convert his Saturday performances into major points-scoring results, Ricciardo stressed the importance of gaining a good start in tomorrow’s race.
"Now comes the bit of the weekend that counts," he added. "We will try to get it right, beginning with a good start. I am not too concerned about starting on the 'dirty' side of the grid and with all the support races before the Grand Prix, I am sure it will be fine."
In the sister Toro Rosso, Vergne finished in 14th position with a time of 1:21.029.