Daniel Ricciardo has said that his fastest run in Q3 for the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix was “as good as it was going to get”.
So far, this weekend has been Renault’s strongest of the season so far, and Ricciardo had his best qualifying result of the year, ending up fourth fastest, just three tenths shy of Max Verstappen in third.
The pace shown by Renault was in contrast to their difficulties last time out at Barcelona and Ricciardo was happy to be so competitive, stating he maximised everything from his Renault RS20.
“I’m very happy with today’s qualifying. It was so close to the top three, but Max got me by a couple of tenths at the end.” commented Ricciardo after qualifying.
“My lap was clean and probably as good as it was going to get. I left it all out there and the second row is a big reward.
“The car works well in lower downforce and that was the same last year.
“Tomorrow looks interesting. We have good pace in the dry, but if it’s wet, we’ve shown in the past we’re not bad either.
“If it rains, it creates more opportunities, so whatever the conditions, we’ll take it and aim to do the best possible job.”
Ricciardo’s teammate, Esteban Ocon also had a strong session, qualifying sixth for Sunday’s race and it proved just how strong the Enstone-based outfit is around low downforce circuits.
But, despite appearing to run with less downforce compared to other teams, Renault Sporting Director Alan Permane is confident they will still be able to perform if it rains.
“It was a very good qualifying session for us today, with Daniel finishing fourth and Esteban sixth.” he said.
“Both cars are working well and have been nicely balanced since the first runs of Friday.
“Looking ahead to the race tomorrow, there is more of a threat of rain than the past couple of days, but we feel confident in all conditions.
“We can have a very strong race and bring a good points haul home for the team.”