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Ricciardo 'gobsmacked' by how fast circuit got

Teammate Vettel benefitted from drying track and qualified second.
Saturday, July 5, 2014

SILVERSTONE, 5th July 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Sebastian Vettel qualified second in Silverstone but it was Daniel Ricciardo, who still start from eighth, who was shocked.

At the end of Q3 the circuit began to dry out and suddenly got faster leading to a rapid change in the order of the top 10.

Ricciardo said he was ‘gobsmacked’ at how much faster the circuit got as it dried out.

“We really thought the track wouldn't get quicker, Vettel only went out as he didn't have a time at that point.” said the Australian.

“We have to learn from it I guess – I'm gobsmacked how much faster the circuit got, it must dry a lot quicker here than I thought. We'll move forwards from there tomorrow.”

Vettel took a risk and waited until the end of the session to set his only timed lap, which was fast enough for pole position until Nico Rosberg went faster a few seconds later.

The quadruple world champion was happy with his performance and says taking a risk paid off.

"It was very tight in Q1 and Q2, we were quite late going out due to the weather and then in Q3 we were quite early for the final run, but it didn't matter as in the end the time was okay," said Vettel.

"It's hard to know how much you can push when the conditions are like that as you're driving into the unknown.”

“The warm-up lap shows you that its damp and you know it will improve, but by how much is obviously determined by how much risk you take. It seems in the end I took the right amount today. So I'm happy."

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