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Singapore Grand Prix: Ricciardo wanted more than ninth

Daniel Ricciardo successfully made it into Q3 and will start form ninth on the grid for Sunday's race, but the Australian admitted that he'd been hoping for more from the session.
Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo successfully made it into Q3, but he confessed he'd hoped to do more with the opportunity than pick up ninth place on the grid for Sunday's race.

He'll start alongside Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez, who didn't post a lap time in Q3 and therefore start in tenth place, but failed by a tenth and a half to beat the McLaren of Jenson Button, which will now start on the row ahead alongside Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

"That was not an easy session and we had to work harder here to get to Q3 than we did in a few other races where we have managed it," Ricciardo admitted afterwards.

"I was a bit disappointed not to get a little bit more time out of my lap in Q3, with Jenson a couple of tenths ahead and it would have been nice to get that," he added. "So I think ninth is pretty good all things considered.

"As for the race, the guys who went out in Q2 might have a little bit of a tyre advantage, so let's hope that doesn't have too much influence tomorrow," he said. "We will race as hard as we can and hope to stay in the points."

Ricciardo's team mate Jean-Eric Vergne didn't quite make it into Q3, missing out by just a tenth of a second, but he will still start from the row immediately behind Ricciardo in 12th place.

"It was extremely close and it's a shame I didn't make it to Q3," said the Frenchman. "On the positive side, we worked very well with the team to get a good car for qualifying and we missed out by the smallest margin, even though the car was responding well.

"I think we can have a good car for the race," he continued. "This is a tough track, with over 20 corners and getting each one of them right on a single lap is not so easy, from a driving point of view and also when it comes to setting up the car.

"I am still optimistic for [Sunday] and I believe that starting twelfth, scoring points is a realistic target," he added. "It was very tight this evening and one tenth of a second could have made all the difference and I think there were a couple of places where I could have found that tenth, so it's a bit frustrating, but that's it and tomorrow will be better."




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21.09.2013- Qualifying, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8
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21.09.2013- Free practice 3, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8
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19.04.2014- pole position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, 2nd Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10, 3rd Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- After Qualifying Press Conference, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- pole position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, 2nd Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10, 3rd Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
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September 22, 2013 5:56 AM

Ahead of his teammate as usual, plus he's on the clean side of the grid. Hopefully he jumps Button on the start and maybe a couple more positions on the first lap as we know he can defend his position as well as anyone on the grid, he's in for a good haul of points if the Torro Rosso doesn't chew threw its tires.



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