Red Bull racing driver Daniel Ricciardo has said that qualifying was his weakness during the 2017 Formula 1 season as he did not match performance from the previous term. He could have scored more points if the qualifying had gone right.
The Australian had a win to his name in Baku but scored 56 points fewer compared to last year and ended up two places further down in fifth in the drivers’ championship. However, he has his hopes held high for 2018.
Qualifying has always been a strength to the Australian but he was only behind teammate Max Verstappen on a single lap pace in many occasions in 2017. He said “..it’s been a bit trickier to maximize” despite not struggling with the car.
He crashed twice in qualifying – Australia and Baku – under trickier conditions. Perhaps, he did not fine-tune the setup as much as he would have wanted? Ricciardo said when his team decided to push and avoid making too many tweaks, things started to improve.