Daniel Ricciardo believes he "could have been much closer" to Mercedes during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix and admits he is frustrated by his performance.

Following the three practice sessions, Red Bull looked serious contenders for pole position as Ricciardo ended FP3 just 0.05s slower than the quickest Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. In qualifying, Mercedes secured another front row lock-out with Ricciardo 0.4s off Nico Rosberg's pole position time, and Ricciardo felt there was more to come if he had put a better lap together.

"I think all three of us don't seem to be too pleased with ourselves," Ricciardo said, referring to the two Mercedes drivers with him in the post-qualifying press conference.

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"I think we left a bit on the table. We fought the car pretty hard in qualifying and trying to find a bit more from it. I thought I was getting around it OK but coming up to Turn 8 I just lost the rear completely on exit and pretty much the lap was gone after that. Frustrated, I think we could have been much closer. So a little bit disappointed."

While Ricciardo enjoyed the experience of fighting for pole position, he said he didn't like knowing there was more time he could have found.

"It was definitely nice to fight at the front on the field and around here it's a lot of fun, definitely. It's always nice when you've got a quick car but around here it does feel awesome. The last lap there, went for one last push and just didn't really get the grip back that I was hoping for and just couldn't improve on the lap I'd done in the first part of Q3. So, it was a shame because I think in the first part of Q3 we still had a little bit more in there and [I'm] a bit frustrated to be honest."