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Ricciardo jokes 0.002s loss to Max 'more tolerable' in Brazil

Written by  Nov 10, 2018

Daniel Ricciardo has joked he won't be pulling any Max Verstappen-style tantrums after he was the Red Bull driver on the wrong end of a 0.002s difference between the pair in qualifying.

Last time out in Mexico, the Australian pipped his Dutch teammate by 0.026s to claim pole position leaving Verstappen absolutely furious afterwards, unable to replicate that kind of pace in Brazil, however, the positions were a little different.

“Max got me by two-thousandths, a similar margin to last week [but reversed]. Fortunately, this isn’t for pole so it is a little bit more tolerable," Ricciardo said with the positions instead, being fifth and sixth.

“It was all right, I was fairly solid. I have a bit of work to do from 11th [after the grid penalty] but I think we’ll have a decent car.

“In the end the pace was not that bad on the low fuel stuff. We will be pretty decent tomorrow afternoon.”

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As for Verstappen himself, while he wasn't exactly satisfied with the near half-second margin to pole, the 21-year-old conceded there was little more he could do.

“I think in the car it was not the best balance I had in a qualifying session this year but I don’t think it would have changed the world,” he said. “I think we would have been closer to Kimi but it is like it is.

“Hopefully with the setup I have today it will be better for tomorrow when it’s going to be a bit warmer.”

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