Daniel Ricciardo admitted it was a 'good achievement' to make it into Q3 after snaring tenth on the grid for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Toro Rosso driver produced one of the star turns of qualifying at the Yas Marina circuit to make it into the final phase of qualifying for the first time since the Singapore Grand Prix, with his Q2 lap in particular drawing praise from pundits watching on.

Although he was then slowest in the top-ten shootout, Ricciardo said he was pleased with the result, even if adjustments made before the final phase of the session ultimately failed to deliver the desired results.

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"I think making it into Q3 was already a good achievement, after the difficulties I'd experienced getting the car the way I like it on Friday and even for the final practice today," he said. "My Q2 lap was a very good one, but not the best, so I came into Q3 feeling I could improve in a few areas.

"We decided to make a slight adjustment to the front tyre pressures which turned out not to be the right decision, as I then had to work harder to warm the tyres. The lap itself was not too bad, but the time never came. The heat? It's only a problem once you get out of the car because inside the cockpit you get some airflow and it's all fine."

Team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne will line up in 14th place in the sister car, although the Frenchman was left to rue an error in Q2 that potentially prevented him from joining Ricciardo in the top ten.

"Everything went smoothly in Q1 and also in Q2, I managed to improve my time, even on old tyres," he said. "I was heading for a really good time at my last attempt, but I locked the wheels massively going into turn eight and that wiped out any advantage I had. It is a real shame because everyone had worked so hard yesterday and last night to give me a really good car that I was very happy with right from the start of FP3.

"I have to put my hand up and say I made the mistake. I wanted it too much and tried too hard. On the plus side for tomorrow, I have been on the pace all weekend and the speed is there. So, with a good strategy plan, I am looking forward to the race, when I am sure I can make up for this evening's disappointment."