Daniel Ricciardo took third place ahead of his teammate Max Verstappen and Ferrari; the Australian has again proven he is the best of the rest in the F1 field behind the champions Mercedes.
Ricciardo’s final Q3 lap was the best he could made and while it wasn’t close enough to challenge for pole, Ricciardo was happy with his best performance.
“I think we got pretty close to be honest,” Ricciardo said of his competitiveness to the championship leading Mercedes drivers.
“Yeah my first lap in Q3 was pretty good and I knew there probably wasn’t that much more on the table in the second run and in the end [I had] a couple of mistakes in that run so there was maybe a tenth or so in it with a perfect lap, but not enough to challenge for pole.
“You know we are close enough, I said yesterday if we could be within half a second that’s not a bad day during qualifying so hopefully that means something tomorrow and what I understand we might have different tyres available for us for the race so that hopefully makes it interesting.”
Hamilton leads the drivers’ championship by six points from Rosberg who is on 186 points, with Ricciardo in third on 115 and Kimi Raikkonen one point behind him.