(Motorsport-Complete.com) – It wasn’t planned like this: When leaving the pit lane in qualifying in Imola, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen accidentally got a little too close. Ricciardo sees responsibility for this and says: “I have already apologized.” Verstappen reacted “frosty” to it.
Daniel Ricciardo placed the Renault in Imola on starting position five Zoom Download
Modified into once exactly happened? Ricciardo and Verstappen drove out of the box almost at the same time. “At first I held back because I thought he was going past, but then it seemed more like I was holding him back more,” explains Ricciardo. The stewards did not issue a penalty for the scene.
And more did not go wrong for Ricciardo, on the contrary. It is “already crazy”, says the Renault driver. “I’ve already driven the car a lot this year in Q3, but I haven’t got such a good lap in Q3 so far. That was certainly the best lap this year.”
With 0, 911 seconds behind Pole man Valtteri Bottas, Ricciardo was rated on house five in Q3. He stayed ahead of Crimson Bull driver Alexander Albon and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, among others.
“That sounds a bit … but really, I’m flashed”, says Ricciardo. “It was fun. This track is really great. And I would say that even if qualifying hadn’t gone so well.”
Imola is doing a lot “especially at the limit” Joy, and “as much as it has been in a few races,” says Ricciardo. “That much is certain.”
Ricciardo’s Renault team-mate Esteban Ocon concluded the qualifying on House twelve and has the Team-internal duel lost again.