Daniel Ricciardo’s sad, ‘painful’ radio message

Daniel Ricciardo’s radio message after a qualifying flop in Hungary said it all.

The Aussie star failed to make it through to the third qualifying session after getting beaten by teammate Lando Norris by half a second in Q2.

The McLaren driver was denied a spot in the final qualifying scrap by just 0.077 seconds.

It was tough for him to learn the news when his team told him of the result in his cool down lap.

“Vettel has out-qualified us by eighty milliseconds we’ll start P11 tomorrow,” the team said to Ricciardo.

He responded: “Okay, alright, F***”.

When speaking after the session, Ricciardo didn’t appear to have any answers to explain his poor results this weekend.

Another tough one for Daniel Rcciardo.Source:AFP

“It was close to get into Q3 but [what’s frustrating] was probably more that the lap felt alright,” said Ricciardo, who’s failed to reach Q3 in his last four attempts here,” he said.

“At least with what I could feel, it felt like pretty much all I could do. A couple of bits here and there, but I felt like the lap was decent, and when it feels alright and you still don’t get into Q3, that’s what’s obviously a bit painful.”

Hamilton booed after snatching pole

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton shrugged off boos and accusations of gamesmanship to secure the 101st pole position of his career on Saturday as he defied the heat and championship rival Max Verstappen to set the quickest lap in qualifying for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who is aiming for his 100th Grand Prix victory and his ninth in Hungary, will be joined on the front row by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas with Verstappen starting third alongside his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez.

Hamilton brushed off the boos that came from a section of Verstappen supporters during the post-qualifying interviews.

“I have never felt so great with the booing,” Hamilton said. “If anything it just fuels me, so I don’t really mind it.

He also rejected suggestions of gamesmanship when his slow out lap at the end of the session prevented Perez from getting in a second fast lap.

“I was not playing any tactics, I don’t need to, I know what I’m doing in the car and am fast enough,” he said at a testy press conference.

“Those making the comments do not know about the job that we’re doing, which is why they are not driving.”

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris of McLaren took the third row of the grid with the Ferrari of Charles LeClerc, the Alpines of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso, and Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin rounding out the top 10.

Hamilton, who began the weekend eight points behind Verstappen in the championship, was quickest during the final practice session on Saturday morning.

Grid for Hungarian Grand Prix

Front row: Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) — Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes)

2nd row: Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull-Honda) — Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull-Honda)

3rd row: Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Honda) — Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes)

4th row: Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) — Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault)

5th row: Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault) — Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes)

6th row: Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes) — Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes)

7th row: Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) — Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari)

8th row: Carlos Sainz (ESP/Ferrari) — Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Honda)

9th row: George Russell (GBR/Williams-Mercedes) — Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes)

10th row: Nikita Mazepin (RUS/Haas-Ferrari) — Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari)

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