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F1 European GP: ‘Hectic, intense’ lap pays dividends for front row Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo turns it around for Red Bull with a top three time in qualifying for the European Grand Prix and a front row start.
Daniel Ricciardo says he is pleased to have 'bounced back' with a top three result in qualifying for the European Grand Prix, which will become a front row start in Azerbaijan.

The Australian was the first driver to 'christen' the Baku walls during FP1 on Friday as Red Bull struggled to find form initially around the tricky street venue, but Ricciardo would star when it mattered as a last gasp effort in qualifying following the red flag period allowed him to land third on the timesheets.

Setting exactly the same time as Sebastian Vettel but getting the nod as he recorded it first, with second place Sergio Perez set to be demoted with a grid penalty, Ricciardo will get away from the front row alongside Nico Rosberg, much to his delight.

“It was hectic, it was intense,” he enthused. “Thanks to the guys for getting me out at the front and giving me that clear track to obviously make sure I got a lap in.

“My first run in Q3 was pretty average to say the least, I made a few mistakes, then I thought I had one more chance but then the red flag came out and I thought that was it. But they got me out in front and I put in a lap, so it was good.

“I knew not everyone would get a lap so I was just trying to think do a good enough lap to at least jump up from seventh. In the end it was third. I maybe gave Seb a little bit of a tow, I don't know how close he was to me but it was good, very close and I'm really happy to bounce back with top three.”

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by Ollie Barstow



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