Ricciardo rues error at Blanchimont
23 August 2014 – Daniel Ricciardo was left to ponder what might have been after making a mistake on his final qualifying lap at Spa-Francorchamps.
The Red Bull driver finished second in final practice, but had to settle for fifth in the grid-deciding session when he ran wide at Blanchimont.
Although the Mercedes duo were out of reach, the mistake opened the door for team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
"I had a moment at Blanchimont; that corner is tricky in the wet. It's never full, it's a lift or a dab of the brakes and knowing that the chequered flag was just there at the end, I just pushed it a bit too much," he said.
"I guess in hindsight it cost a bit of time, but you never get the perfect lap in these conditions. Spa is unique, as the track is so long and some parts of the circuits are drier than others, so nearly every lap you're driving blind."
Despite his disappointment, Ricciardo's fifth place grid slot extends his 100 per cent Q3 record for the season, with his average starting position bettered only by pole-sitter and championship leader Nico Rosberg.