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Daniel Ricciardo disappointed with qualifying results

The Australian driver believes Torro Rosso must do their 'homework.'
Sunday, March 17, 2013

Melbourne, 17th, 2013 (F1plus/G. Polychronis).- Red Bull Racing's sister team, Torro Rosso, was just another victim of the extremely difficult second qualifying sessions, with Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo qualifying thirteenth and fourteenth respectively.

Tyre choices proved to be crucial for all teams involved, and Daniel Ricciardo felt that the team made the wrong decision regarding this.

"Not really pleased with how the session went to be honest. We sat off on the Inter, which was fine, but staying out there for that long as the track was drying didn't really help the tyres and I think we probably started off on the wrong foot, even when the track was still wet and suited to the Inters, I wasn't particularly pleased. So its not the position we wanted. Would of loved a top 10 for qualy , but make it up in the race today."

Ricciardo's French teammate, Jean-Eric Vergne, also believes that the team made the wrong decision in terms of tyre choices.

He explained: "We totally missed our chance to go to Q3 unfortunately, we thought the slicks would of been a good option, but it was definitely not the right choice, we lost the last two laps when the track was improving on Inters."

Despite the team making the wrong decision concerning tyres, Ricciardo still believes that the car was not up to standard anyway.

"I think there is still a bit we quite haven't understood with the car. In dry conditions on Friday we were pretty far off the pace and we got that together yesterday [Saturday] morning, so we found some things in the dry and now we've got a bit of homework to do in the wet as well."

The Perth born driver however, still remains optimistic ahead of the race.

"I'm not counting anything out, I'll get over this qualifying soon and obviously try and focus on the race. Melbourne is a pretty chaos friendly race. The first one of the year everyone is pretty anxious to go, including myself, but I'll try and contain that and get around in the points today." 

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