HE won’t be doing a rain dance, but Daniel Ricciardo wouldn’t mind a bit of the forecast rain to fall on qualifying day at the Australian Grand Prix.
“The last wet qualifying we had here I think was 2014,” he said, reminding the media of his first front-row start in F1 in his first race for Red Bull.
“That was not too bad, so hopefully we can try and do that again.
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“I think in the dry today we didn’t look too bad, which is good, but the wet will give us potentially more of a chance.”
Ricciardo ended Friday down in seventh position, although that wasn’t a fair indication of his true pace.
While those ahead of him were able to put in a fast time on ultrasoft tyres and low fuel, Ricciardo’s time was stymied by a mid-session red flag.
“I was not too disappointed to see the red,” Ricciardo said. “I don’t think the lap was that good, to be honest.
“We had quite a lot of understeer. I was a bit quicker than my soft time up until then, but it wasn’t gonna jump to P1 or anything like that, so we’ve still got a bit of work to do.
“Even though I only did half the lap of the ultrasofts, I knew where the balance was going and I knew it was going to take more than just a little bit of a front wing change. So we tried to do something big for the long run, and time was running out so we had to have a crack at something.
“It was not a bad day. I think the long runs were actually more representative, better, I was probably happier with them.
“(But) I think tomorrow will be wet, so I don’t know how relevant today will be.”