Unimpressed Ricciardo rues 'unfair' treatment from Verstappen

Unimpressed Ricciardo rues 'unfair' treatment from Verstappen

Unimpressed Ricciardo rues 'unfair' treatment from Verstappen

"We had three runs and I was just punching a hole for everyone", he continued, clearly referring to the slipstreaming process, "I think if you get one run fair enough, each". "I just think about how can I get the vehicle in the right ballpark so I can do what I do".

"I'm not too impressed, I'm not happy", said Ricciardo. I sustained a bit of damage to the floor in FP2 (second practice), running most of the session with that wasn't ideal.

"Undoubtedly, it doesn't really make any difference coming into this weekend because it's a new year where we are so much closer".

"No!" replies Verstappen. "Last week I was in front, now he's in front".

Vettel was under investigation by race stewards for allegedly impeding Carlos Sainz, who told his team, Renault: "I had to take a kerb to avoid him, I almost crashed".

"We just discussed that [before qualifying], this was his weekend to go in front, that's how it is".

The softly-spoken Finn clocked a record fastest lap in 1min3.130 seconds to outstrip Hamilton by 0.019 seconds as Mercedes reeled off a third front row lockout of the season.

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With the lack of on-track overtaking in the past few races (and also in the last 18-months in general) being a significant talking point, Saturdays have taken on greater significance and we have seen some thrilling qualifying sessions so far in 2018. "It's very simple. Every run in Paul Riccard I was in front so we have to do the same here".

"It's qualifying, everyone's out there for themselves and actually the team-mate is who you want to beat". Even though the asphalt is relatively new, the track is quite bumpy in places, which makes it hard to find consistent grip. "Last weekend I was ahead and the weekend before he was ahead, that's how we do it".

Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas was second in both, at 0.127 and 0.176 slower respectively.

That's how it is, it's very simple. That's the only way to be fair from circuit to circuit.

"This weekend was Daniel's turn to drive out of the garage first ahead of Max".

"This weekend was Daniel's time to drive out of the garage first ahead of Max, and obviously he felt that Max might be benefitting from that, so that's why he made a decision to back up a bit". That's why he obviously started to back off a bit. It follows just one week after an engine upgrade at the French Grand Prix as Hamilton looks to extend his 14-point advantage over Vettel in the drivers' championship this weekend.

McLaren have said they know they have an aerodynamic problem but can not fix it in the wind tunnel, meaning they have to use practice sessions for testing.

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