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F1 | Italian GP | Ricciardo "Happy with Q3" As He Earned Himself A P4 Start For Tomorrow's Race

McLaren F1 Team's Daniel Ricciardo did an excellent job in today's qualifying delivering P7 and with driver penalties being applied he is to start in the second row P4.

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F1 | Italian GP | Ricciardo "Happy with Q3" As He Earned Himself A P4 Start For Tomorrow's Race
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The entire crew did an outstanding job today with both McLaren drivers finishing seventh and eighth in qualifying at Monza which earned them a second row start after penalties were applied to drivers. 

While the team is conscious of the difficulties across the race, the team feels well equipped and ready for a spectacular Italian Grand Prix.

Behind the scenes work from the crew at the track worked hard with both drivers to consistently develop the vehicle over the course of the three practise sessions providing a competitive package in qualifying session.

They placed the vehicles in strategic locations on the track allowing Norris and Ricciardo to maximise the lap times where it mattered most.

Ricciardo started the Q1 stint on the soft tyre compound earning himself 1:22.139 in P12 allowing him to advance to Q2

In Q2, Ricciardo goes faster doing a 1:21.855 on the soft tyre compound earning him P8 bringing him to Q3.

Lastly, Q3, a little bit slower with 1:21.925 keeping him in the same position of P8 but bumping up to P4 after applications of penalties. 

Ricciardo comments post-qualifying, "I’m happy with Q3, happy to be up the pointy end again."

He continues, "It’s been a while, so I'm pleased with that. The Q3 lap was certainly a bit of a handful, just trying to get those last few tenths out of it.

It still is tricky for me to feel the car on the limit and know what’s going to be around the corner – but I was happy with Q1 and Q2, I think I put in some good laps.

He adds, "We gain some spots on the starting grid due to penalties tomorrow. We’ve ended qualifying in a better place than where we’ve been this weekend, so I'm happy to put it together."

He concludes, "I think we made some good changes, so hopefully we have a fast race car."

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