Daniel Ricciardo says Lance Stroll’s crash in Q2 was the main reason for his early exit from qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
After scraping through to the second part of qualifying on the soft tire while the rest of the field was using ultrasofts, Ricciardo was then eliminated in 12th place, having failed to get a clear lap in at the start of Q2. Heavy rain made any significant late improvements impossible, and Ricciardo says Lance Stroll’s crash — spinning and hitting the barrier at Turn 9 — proved costly.
“I think it’s more bad luck than anything,” Ricciardo said. “For sure we took a risk in Q1 using the soft. I think in hindsight for sure we go on the ultras just to be safe, that was too close. But we did have a soft to use for Q1 and in dry conditions that was always the plan. It’s not like it was against the plan but it was closer than we wanted it to be.
“Q2 the rain came, so the first guy on track was getting the best track and it just got worse and worse. So not only to be far down in the pack but also you needed to get that first lap in and Stroll spun right in front of me so I had to abort that lap.
“Then the following lap was too wet for the inter so the last sector was just trying to survive. We had to put the extreme wets on but the track was nowhere near where it was compared to the beginning. First lap had to count and we had the guy in front so we were just unlucky.”
And Ricciardo admits he needs to have a mental reset overnight before trying to recover from his lowly grid position on a circuit on which it is notoriously hard to overtake.
“Yeah tomorrow I have a fight on my hands starting 12th I think. That’s going to be interesting. I’ll sleep tonight and I’ll come tomorrow fired up and pull off some clean moves, and if not, use some guys as my brakes.”