Ricciardo relieved after qualifying seventh

Red Bull Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia drives past a plover bird during the third practice session of the Australian F1 Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne March 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Purple Bull System One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia drives prior a plover hen during the third observe session of the Australian F1 Grand Prix on the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne March 14, 2015.

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(Reuters) – Daniel Ricciardo unleashed a blistering ultimate lap on Saturday to finish a irritating 24 hours with a glimmer of hope and seventh position on the starting grid for his home Australian Grand Prix.

Exasperated after the whole thing had gave the look to be going against him, the Red Bull driver saved his best possible for final and whipped across the Melbourne track in one minute 28.329 seconds.

The Australian used to be still two seconds at the back of double world champion Lewis Hamilton, who snatched pole place for a Mercedes crew that appears to have Sunday’s race at their mercy, however relieved after fearing he might start further again.

“I’m happy now. Or happier. It’s simplest seventh but how the weekend has been going, I Feel we’ve received to be in reality ok with that,” he stated.

“Qualifying was once the primary time I received to use a soft tire this weekend and we chipped away at it. That’s what I was once most happy about, the progress we made through the session. So That’s promising.”

Ricciardo, third in final 12 months’s championship and the only non-Mercedes driver to win a race, had continued a rotten begin to the weekend.

He neglected Friday’s closing practice session after a power unit failure, leaving him with best three to closing the remainder of the season with out incurring a penalty.

He additionally misplaced more valuable time on Saturday when the car stalled after leaving pit lane.

“It has been tough, no doubt. We suffered a bit of this time last 12 months however we’re most certainly having a number of extra concerns this yr which I Guess weren’t anticipated,” stated the Australian, now the primary man at Purple Bull following quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel’s departure for Ferrari.

“It’s like that for now and we’ve got to try and sort it out. Somewhat little bit of whiplash here and there but it surely’s okay.”

Ricciardo’s crew mate, Russian Daniil Kvyat, qualified Thirteenth with Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams filling the top six locations.

Ricciardo, who won three races last year, mentioned seventh used to be as just right as he can have hoped for.

“It was enjoyable to kind of feel the automobile for as soon as and in truth get to push it properly and I Think seventh is excellent,” he mentioned.

“If You Happen To take a look at the three teams in entrance of us, they’ve been those who have been up there all weekend…so seventh is the place we at the moment are and that i’m chuffed we as a minimum achieved that.”

(Reporting by Julian Linden, editing by way of Alan Baldwin)

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