Ricciardo: We’ve setup the car for a dry race

Daniel Ricciardo during Spa qualifying

Daniel Ricciardo during Spa qualifying

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, who qualified fifth, said Red Bull had run a dry set-up in Belgian Grand Prix qualifying because the team could not afford to compromise straight-line speed with extra down-force.

Speaking after a damp session at Spa-Francorchamps the Australian said, “We’ve set the car up for a dry race so, even though we’re typically quite strong in the wet, we knew that our set-up would bring us down to the level of some guys around us.”

Ricciardo’s best Q3 time was almost 2.5 seconds down on Nico Rosberg’s pole winning best, “The gap to Mercedes was pretty big. We thought we’d be able to close it up a bit in the wet. They were quick straight away, and it hurts a little bit, but it’s alright.”

“An explanation for now is that we’ve banked a little bit on a dry race so we’ve set the car up for that. In a nutshell, we’ve taken down-force off for that.”

Daniel Ricciardo hoping a dry setup will help in the race

Daniel Ricciardo hoping a dry setup will help in the race

“With the way our straight-line speed is, we need a chance of fighting, moving forward or defending, and that’s why we’ve gone the way we have.”

Of his qualifying session on a typically unpredictable Spa day, Ricciardo said,  “I had a moment on Blanchimont; that corner is tricky in the wet. It’s never full, it’s always a lift or a dab of the brakes and knowing that the chequered flag was just there at the end of the session, then I just pushed it a bit too much.”

“I guess in hindsight it cost a bit of time, but you never get the perfect lap in these conditions. Spa is unique, as the track is so long and some parts of the circuits are drier than others, so nearly every lap you’re driving blind.”

“It’s great to drive here though.” added the Hungarian Grand Prix winner. (GP247-AFP)