Daniel Ricciardo was left frustrated during qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix as he was unable to compete in Q3 after spinning into the gravel during Q2.
Ricciardo lost the car at Turn 11 on his final run in Q2, sliding backwards through the gravel and into the barrier, leaving damage to his rear win.
And although he managed to return to the pits, his Renault team agonisingly missed out on repairing his car in time to set a lap in Q3.
That means the Australian was restricted to starting Sunday night’s (AEDT) race in P10, just ahead of his teammate Esteban Ocon in P11.
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“I spun,” Ricciardo said. “I don’t know. The cars are quite sensitive, I had to get through a few lapped cars, they are off the race line, but turning and braking, it depends where the wind is coming from.
“I felt like as soon as I got in, I lost the rear but I’ll watch it again, and see if it was something I caused it from, but it’s done. It is obviously a shame, because when I lost it, I was OK, I’ll spin and get going again, but it kept going until I hit the barrier and damaged the rear wing.
“The team got very close to getting me back out on track for Q3. One more minute and we were on track. It’s a shame, I could see them working hard in the mirrors, trying to make it work for me, so it was a bit of a let down for them, but we’ll make it happen tomorrow and yeah, move up.”