Aussie F1GP Driver, Daniel Ricciardo has his hopes set on a strategy of a quick start to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix today after he qualified in eighth position on home ground.
Despite the controversy surrounding this season’s qualifying system, 26 year old Ricciardo made it to the final round before being knocked out.
The dominant cars of Mercedes and Ferrari won positions in front of Ricciardo on the starting grid but Max Verstappen (fifth) and Carlos Sainz (seventh) of Red Bull’s junior sister team Toro Rosso were the surprise of the day.
“Hopefully we get a good start and make it happen there, otherwise we’ll try and work something with strategy,” Ricciardo said.
“I would like to say my car should be a little bit better than Toro Rosso, but getting back track positions is going to be tricky.
“They’ve got a Ferrari in the back of their car this year and getting them down the straight won’t be smooth sailing.”
Ricciardo is referring to the fact that Toro Rosso are powered by Ferrari engines from last year’s Ferrari campaign, while the Red Bulls of Ricciardo and teammate Daniil Kvyat, still use the traditional Renault engines.
Of course the currently reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton is set to lead the field in his Mercedes after he won pole position rights with the the 50th pole position start of his career.