Daniel Ricciardo says he is 'gobsmacked' by how much faster the track got at the end of qualifying for the 2014 F1 British Grand Prix.

Ricciardo had been fourth after the first runs in the top-ten shootout, but like Toro Rosso duo Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne, the Australian elected not to go out a second time mistakenly believing that the track was now too wet.

It ended up costing him dear, as the circuit improved substantially in the final sector, something that allowed his Red Bull team-mate, Sebastian Vettel, as well as eventual pole man, Nico Rosberg - plus Jenson Button, Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen - all to move forward, leaving him down in P8.

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Speaking after qualifying, Ricciardo added that it is something they will have to learn from for the future.

"I didn't expect it to go quicker at the end of the session there, as the rain kept coming. We really thought the track wouldn't get quicker, Vettel only went out as he didn't have a time at that point," Ricciardo said.

"We have to learn from it I guess - I'm gobsmacked how much faster the circuit got, it must dry a lot quicker here than I thought."

"We'll move forwards from there [P8] tomorrow [though]," he added.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner agreed that it was a costly error.

"Unfortunately we misjudged the conditions at the end of Q3, so apologies to Daniel, who didn't go again as he had already set a time," Horner noted.