The Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo finished qualifying session in P4 and start from the second row in the race. The high top speed of the Renault allows the Australian to hope for overtaking before the first turn, and ricciardo believes that he could have defended what he won at the beginning of the race.
"I have a good starting position and high speed on the straights," Ricciardo said. – So I will have a good chance at the start. And then I could fight back for a while if I had to. This is the plan – to try to win back a couple of positions at the start, and then spread your elbows."
After the first attempt in Q3, Dan was third, but Max Verstappen passed him thanks to the second fast lap, and Daniel himself could not improve the time. However, the driver was still satisfied with the result.
"The lap that brought me fourth place was clean. No breakdowns or excuses. I probably drove as fast as I could. So I'm very happy with the second-row seat," Daniel said.
"In the second sector, Mercedes and Red Bull are faster than us. Downforce is important there, and they were there better than us the whole session. Yes, it would be great to stay third. But I am happy that I lost only to Max and became the fourth."