Daniel Ricciardo was on the limit in his Renault as he secured fifth in qualifying for the Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
Renault has had a good rate of improvement in pace since arriving at the Silverstone circuit last weekend for the British Grand Prix with a number of upgrades, and Ricciardo was able to take advantage of Valtteri Bottas’ and Carlos Sainz’s punctures to finish the British Grand Prix in fourth.
And, the Australian seems to have carried that form into this weekend, as he ended up qualifying fifth ahead of the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
Renault have tended to struggle in qualifying recently, but the RS20 pace looks to be strong in the hands of Ricciardo, with the 31-year-old also ending up fifth fastest in Q2, and speaking after qualifying he acknowledged that he got the maximum out of the car.
“I think fifth place is an awesome result for us and I’m very happy with that.” he said.
“I knew my lap was pretty good, I really was on the limit with the car and I got pretty much all I could from it today.
“I don’t have any regrets, or any feeling of a missed opportunity and we’ve put ourselves right up there for the race.
“We had the Medium working really well and I’m happy with that.
Ricciardo believes that Renault has a strong race car and that they just needed a strong qualifying session to show where it’s true pace is at, and that he has an opportunity to get a strong result on Sunday, especially with a number of strategies at play.
“Tomorrow’s race will be interesting and there will be a mixture of strategies.” he added.
“We know we have a good race car, we just needed to qualify better to give ourselves an even better chance on a Sunday.”