Aussie F1 star Daniel Ricciardo has opened up about how one check drive earlier this 12 months salvaged his profession.
Ricciardo, 34, was in sporting limbo on the time after he was sacked by Maclaren, finally signing on as a reserve driver for Pink Bull this season.
Following the British Grand Prix on July 10 on the Silverstone circuit, the Perth-born driver surprised Pink Bull officers after recording an outstanding time which was fractionally behind Max Verstappen, who had secured pole place days earlier.
A set of recent tyres had made a profound distinction, and swiftly, Ricciardo was reborn.
‘I am not going to sugar coat it. The primary timed lap was on the cash,’ he advised F1’s Past the Grid podcast.
‘It was [only] a couple of hundredths off Max [Verstappen].
‘Coming into that lap, I used to be so excited. I used to be treating it like a qualifying lap.
Aussie F1 star Daniel Ricciardo has opened up about how one check drive earlier this 12 months at Silverstone salvaged his profession
On the time, Ricciardo, 34, was in sporting limbo after he was sacked by Maclaren, finally signing on as a reserve driver for Pink Bull
‘I simply had that feeling within the automobile and that confidence. There was parts of the automobile that felt so acquainted … I sort of simply knew what it may do and what it was able to.’
Ricciardo – who completed the season driving for Pink Bull-owned AlphaTauri after changing Nyck de Vries – admitted he was elated on the time.
Verstappen’s time to safe pole place was a slick 1:26.720.
‘I am not going to say it was straightforward or easy, however I had loads of confidence the automobile may do what it may do,’ he added.
‘Crossing the road, after I appeared on the time, I used to be like, ‘I do not know if I used to be anticipating to go that fast.
‘I knew the day had potential to be a very good day, however I might be mendacity if I mentioned I used to be going to do this first lap with new tyres. That was sort of wild. It gave me a giant smile.’
On the similar Grand Prix in England, Ricciardo was reunited with former Pink Bull teammate and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Former Pink Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel caught up on the Silverstone circuit in July
The pair drove for Pink Bull in 2014 and have stayed shut since, with Ricciardo praising Vettel for being a ‘true pal’ as he struggled by a horror season with McLaren in 2022
The Aussie finally returned to the F1 grid, representing the Pink Bull owned AlphaTauri (pictured) this season
Vettel spent the 2014 season with Ricciardo at Pink Bull earlier than leaving for Ferrari, however the pair have remained good mates.
Ricciardo additionally said the German famous person had been a ‘true pal’ as he struggled to have an effect with McLaren.
‘He is picked up the telephone a number of instances, and simply been a pal, and simply, like, displaying care, simply checking in, checking in as a real pal would do,’ he mentioned.
‘To have associates like that’s so essential. But it surely’s additionally not that frequent, by way of the grid.
‘We get on with drivers, and also you do construct friendships, however to have that sort of deeper degree of friendship….some gestures he made, and a few of the kindness he confirmed in direction of me was, in a means, sort of surprising.’
Ricciardo returned to Pink Bull as reserve driver this 12 months after parting methods with McLaren 12 months sooner than deliberate following two unsuccessful seasons.