• Bahrain Grand Prix - Qualifying

Updates working for Toro Rosso - Ricciardo

ESPNF1 Staff
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Daniel Ricciardo achieved the best qualifying result of his career in Bahrain © Sutton Images

Daniel Ricciardo said that his sixth place on the grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix was down to the team getting new parts to work.

Toro Rosso brought some updates to Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix last weekend but was unable to maximise their potential and both cars finished outside the points. In Bahrain, however, Ricciardo said that the team had persevered and been able to unleash more of the car's potential, and that was the basis of his impressive qualifying performance.

"It feels very good and I am very happy with that result," Ricciardo said. "We had a below average week in China with some updates we brought. We persisted with them and we made them work significantly better here, which is down to the hard work of the whole team. My communication with the team was also very good and it has helped us get into Q3.

Ricciardo admitted that he would not let himself enjoy his result for too long as he wants to capitalise on the opportunity in the race.

"I was happy with my driving and I got better and better in each of the sessions. It's not always you have a day like this, so I can enjoy the moment, bearing in mind that it's tomorrow that counts. Now we have to put it all together for the race and tonight we will be looking at all our strategy options regarding tyres. It helps to go into a race feeling confidence and starting from sixth, I have to focus on scoring as many points as possible, as this is the best chance we have had so far. I hope I am still smiling tomorrow evening."