Daniel Ricciardo described his P4 qualifying efforts as a “downer”.
“We had a miscommunication starting the lap. We didn’t start in full power, so I was two tenths slower already getting into turn one.
“That’s the two tenths we needed to be third, that’s free lap time for nothing. Of all the places – it’s not the place you want to give away a pole position – pretty disappointed.
“Fourth and fifth is a good result, but third and fifth would have been great.
Ricciardo was unhappy with the team following the end of the qualifying session, and he admitted to SKY F1, “I’ve calmed down a little now, but it was… pretty frustrating”.
Christian Horner was philosophical about Ricciardo failing reach beat Vettel to P3, “It looks like Seb underperformed anyway on his final run.”
Horner also believes the likelihood of getting onto the podium tomorrow is “small.”
When asked about whether there would be a repeat of his 2014 duel with Sebastian Vettel, the Aussie grin quickly returned. “If we can’t get Seb off the start…. We’ll try and umm… give him a little bit of pressure [laughs].
“He felt me last year, we’ll try and remind him of 2014 again.”