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"It was certainly a odd race", said Ricciardo. "At the beginning we had good pace and it seemed like Kimi [Räikkönen] was a bit slower than Max [Verstappen, Red Bull team-mate] and myself".

Daniel Ricciardo has had an eventful start to the 2018 Formula One season, to say the least.

Saturday at the Circuit de Catalunya was a disappointing affair for both Red Bull drivers. "You never really know until qualie".

"Even if I forget Lewis's time I think Seb [Vettel] did a 16.3, so we're still about half a second off that".

Well, Daniel Ricciardo is expecting a similar missive from his boss Christian Horner this afternoon.

"Friday paints one picture but you are never really sure about what is going to happen", said Ricciardo.

"It is a little bit disheartening as I don't really know what I could have done more with what we have".


"Add together with my final lap I couldn't continue". With corners in it, it's even harder for us, because we lose even more speed because of the friction from the tires so the engine can't - we just lose more top speed. [I] felt like if you got lucky you could put in a blistering lap but yeah, probably one out of five I could make it happen and the four other laps I was sliding and yeah, struggling to stay on.

The 28-year-old has finished just three of the races, forced into retirement in both Bahrain and Azerbaijan - the latter of which was a result of a collision with Verstappen - but he's recorded the fastest lap time in each of the three he finished.

"And from turn 7 to turn 10 is also straight now because turn 9 is flat".

"We just don't have that power mode for Q3", Max Verstappen bemoaned.

"There is potential but it's just hard to extract consistently at the moment, so we have some more to learn with this new package".

Verstappen is happy with the call and the lack of team orders. "At the end of the day, it has brought me to where I am so I can't really complain about that". I don't think many people will actually choose the Supersoft [for the race].

"I think a lot of people will choose a soft and a medium", he decided.

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