Daniel Ricciardo says he cannot help but feel frustrated after falling foul of a 'zero tolerance' approach to track limits during qualifying for the British Grand Prix after dropping from seventh to tenth on the grid.

The Australian posted a time good enough to place him on the fourth row of the grid, but stewards would deem that he had gone too wide at Copse, with his Red Bull judged to have had all four wheels over the white line, an indiscretion repeated by several drivers during qualifying.

As a result, he had his best time deleted, dropping him to tenth position for the Silverstone race, an outcome he was disappointed with given he felt the tiny margin for error gave him no advantage.

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"It was put in place, so I guess I am not arguing with it, but it was a sniff and it cost me a lot in the end and that is what I am frustrated about," he said. "It wasn't a massive chunk so I guess from my side I didn't see it as a lap time gain, so at least if I compare my good lap, I still think it has reference but it has cost me three positions on the grid."

Despite this, Ricciardo is satisfied with the performance of his car going into the race, despite a mysterious lack of power relative to his team-mate Daniil Kvyat in qualifying.

"The car has been OK to be honest. We haven't had any fundamental problems, I think high-speed has been good, we have just lacked some low speed grip and that has been a bit of a weakness this weekend. I have been down on power compared to Daniil, we have been slower on the straights. Yesterday we saw it and we thought it would be better or fixed today, but I don't know if it's a fuel flow metre or something, but I am bleeding lap time on the straights which is pretty frustrating.

"In terms of overtaking [in the race] it will be hard, but in clean air I think we have good pace and I think we can make up quite a bit in the corners and we can be nice in the corners. If we get some clean air and the strategy puts us in a good window to come out in clean air then I think we will be able to make better use of our race pace."