Daniel Ricciardo expects pre-race warning from Christian Horner on Sunday morning

Lynette Rowe
May 14, 2018

Daniel Ricciardo has had an eventful start to the 2018 Formula One season, to say the least.

Team-mate Verstappen rounded out the podium places, behind the Mercedes drivers.

"Friday paints one picture but you are never really sure about what is going to happen", said Ricciardo.

He later said he hoped any future battle would be handled "with some more respect on track", although he gave his most telling answer when questioned about Ross Brawn's statement that the crash showed a flaw of modern F1 cars as the loss of downforce encountered when directly behind Verstappen's vehicle made him powerless to prevent a crash. It is a little bit disheartening as I don't really know what I could have done more with what we have.

"To qualify fifth and sixth for the Spanish Grand Prix is about where we expected to be", said Horner. "We tried a different strategy across the two cars at the end of Q3, but there's just not much between the soft and the supersoft tyre".

"I chipped away at my lap time by a few hundredths but it wasn't enough".

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As for Ricciardo, the Aussie said: "The first thing I said afterwards was that I still want to race". "I don't know what I could have done more with what we had". I don't think it was just us in that moment, there was a build-up and maybe a way that we could have responded better, whether it was releasing a vehicle [from the pits] or something. "It's not an ideal track for us now, because it's getting easier flat everywhere, so it's more flat out so it's not good". "We don't have that power mode and especially now that from turn one until turn four it's flat-out".

Internally, the team has improved the position and shape of some of its ancillaries in order that airflow through the sidepods be improved.

"I still don't know what is the fastest tire to be honest", continued Verstappen. "I chose the supersoft, Daniel went on the soft".

"Personally, I'd like to see him in a Ferrari". "There are no bad feelings at all", said the Dutchman, who said they would probably leave "two or three millimetres" more margin in future. Because we crashed. Even if I had an opinion on it, we still crashed.

"I think a lot of people will choose a soft and a medium", he decided.

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