BARCELONA, 10th May 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Daniel Ricciardo qualified third in Spain but was frustrated by the gap to Mercedes.
Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton finished one second ahead of Ricciardo.
“I think we’re sort of best of the rest but that’s not quite good enough, we’re still a second off and the lap, I thought my lap was not too bad, so I was expecting a smaller gap than that.” Ricciardo said.
“I think we’ve made some improvement but they - they being Mercedes, have as well.”
“So we would have liked to have closed that but we have some work ahead of us.”
The Australian warned it wouldn’t be realistic for him to win tomorrow’s race if Mercedes retain their pace on Sunday.
“If Mercedes continue at the pace they had today then realistically we won't catch them, so then third, although it wouldn't be a victory, it would be really satisfying” Ricciardo said.
Sebastian Vettel qualified tenth after he lost drive during Q3.
The quadruple world champion hasn’t had much running over the weekend after a wiring loom damage ended FP1 early for him and meant he was unable to take part in FP2.
“I left the garage for Q3 and lost drive in second gear; I still had third gear and above so we thought we could do the lap with that,” Vettel said.
“but by Turn 1 I had lost all the other gears, so we couldn’t continue. I was getting more in to the rhythm with each lap after missing yesterday’s sessions.”