Ricciardo can't understand lack of pace during qualifying

  • Published on 26 Aug 2018 11:49
  • comments 5
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Daniel Ricciardo admits that he is failing to understand why he had a lack of pace during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix. The Australian says that he was losing time everywhere around the 7.004km circuit, with no obvious factor emerging.

Red Bull had a poor qualifying result on Saturday, failing to take advantage of the changing conditions in Q3. The energy drink squad didn't put enough fuel in the cars for an extra run when the track started to dry out, and both Ricciardo and teammate Max Verstappen will fill out the fourth row of the grid for the Grand Prix.

Ricciardo even needed an extra run in Q1 to ensure his safety, and was left frustrated by his lack of pace: "We've been slow all weekend and, at times, nearly a second off, and not really sure why," said Ricciardo, who will line up behind teammate Verstappen in eighth place.

"That was weird and the laps I did were fine, I wasn't going off track or driving like an idiot. We just couldn't understand why. Even crossing the line, I'd see the laptime and I'm expecting to see something significantly better and I'm not, so I was a bit confused.

"We put the second set on and we went quicker but still we were even on [the] second set, we were maybe still four-tenths off Max, and the track got better. So something's been a bit off, but we haven't really figured out why yet."

While admitting that he felt like he was losing time everywhere, he said it was at its worst in the middle sector, which is dependant on downforce. Red Bull is running with a skinny rear wing this weekend to give them a boost through the high-speed first and third sectors.

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  • Hepp

    Posts: 200

    Armchair Pit boss here ... we wanted Max in front of you so we gave you the set-up that Max doesn't like and ignored your Renault-to-be suggestions.

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    • Aug 26 2018 - 11:52
    • Thank you mr. Armchair Pit Boss. You may now leave the pit lane.

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      • Aug 26 2018 - 15:27
    • Norbert

      Posts: 108

      Note to Garage: pls replace PU with FU Thx, Dietrich

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      • Aug 27 2018 - 13:27
  • If you don't have the speed, tell everyone that "there must be something wrong with the car". Yea, yea we get this. Maybe someone should tell this genius, why the gap got bigger. Listen Ricciardo, I will tell you why: THIS TRACK IS LONGER!

    I can understand, why he needed "a change". It get's boring when you teammate wipes the floor with you every Saturday. A "new scenery" with a weaker teammate will be much better for his career.

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    • Aug 26 2018 - 14:31
    • Why do everyone think Hulkenberg will be a cakewalk?

      • + 0
      • Aug 26 2018 - 15:40

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