Ricciardo: Istanbul conditions 'good' for fans, 'tricky' for drivers

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Ricciardo: Istanbul conditions 'good' for fans, 'tricky' for drivers

Daniel Ricciardo qualified fifth for Sunday's Turkish GP, the Renault charger successfully surviving a session that entertained F1's viewers but proved very tricky for drivers.

Riccardo was one of the few drivers who opted to remain on the wet tyre for Q3, the Aussie improving his performance lap by lap to claim a spot on the third row of tomorrow's grid.

But Ricciardo equated the wet conditions, cool temperatures and Istanbul Park's slippery tarmac to a challenging session on a skid pan.

"That is what it felt like today, you're searching for that bite, but it really was never there, so it was survival," he said.

“I thought yesterday was unique but today was something else! It was by far the slipperiest conditions we’ve ever experienced in Formula 1.

"There was no sign as to where the grip was in the corners, and I wasn’t getting much feedback from the track either.

"I didn’t go all guns blazing in Q1, and I kept chipping away at it throughout Q2 and Q3 and to end fifth at the chequered flag is a decent result."

Many of Ricciardo's colleagues - including Lewis Hamilton - are critical of Istanbul's track surface and lack of grip.

The Aussie admitted that conditions were far from ideal but refrained by piling on more negative judgment, rather praising the event's organisers for setting up the Istanbul round at such short notice.

"I certainly don't want to go hard on anyone," he said. "Because of the conditions this year, everything has been so last minute, and to obviously pull off an event here, I think we have to be grateful.

"But for sure it's not ideal, but it has shaken up the order. For viewers, they win; for us drivers, it's tricky.

"When you see a driver lose the car, like in sixth gear on the straight, it's like we're passengers. So a lot of the time, the whole session, we're literally just eyes wide open, holding on, hoping that it keep's going straight.

As for Sunday's race, Ricciardo reckons it will be a trip into the unknown.

"Whatever your wildest predictions may be, they could happen, I really don't know what to expect," he said.

"Even if it is a dry track, as we saw yesterday, it's so slippery, whatever rubber we put down yesterday is gone today, so it'll feel like wet conditions even with 20 degrees sunshine."

"It’ll be an interesting race tomorrow regardless if it’s wet or dry."

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2020 Turkish Grand Prix - Qualifying results

Full results from qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park, round 14 of the 2020 Formula... The post 2020 Turkish Grand Prix - Qualifying results appeared first on F1i.com.

2020 Turkish Grand Prix - Qualifying results

Full results from qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park, round 14 of the 2020 Formula 1 season.

2020 Turkish Grand Prix - Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Lance Stroll Racing Point 2:07.467s 1:53.372s 1:47.765s
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:57.485s 1:50.293s 1:48.055s
3 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 2:07.614s 1:54.097s 1:49.321s
4 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:59.431s 1:52.282s 1:50.448s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 2:05.598s 1:54.278s 1:51.595s
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2:07.599s 1:52.709s 1:52.560s
7 Esteban Ocon Renault 2:06.115s 1:53.657s 1:52.622s
8 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 2:01.249s 1:53.793s 1:52.745s
9 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 2:07.001s 1:53.767s 1:53.258s
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 2:07.341s 1:53.431s 1:57.226s
11 Lando Norris McLaren 2:07.167s 1:54.945s
12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 2:03.356s 1:55.169s
13 Carlos Sainz McLaren 2:07.489s 1:55.410s
14 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 2:04.464s 1:56.696s
15 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 2:05.579s 1:58.556s
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 2:08.007s
17 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 2:09.070s
18 George Russell Williams 2:10.017s
19 Romain Grosjean Haas 2:12.909s
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams 2:21.611s

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