Ricciardo says gap to Ferrari too big

The smile was back on Daniel Ricciardo's face in Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying after he put his Red Bull in fourth place on the grid in tricky conditions.

Today's result was the Australian's best since last year's Singapore Grand Prix.

He will start immediately ahead of teammate Daniil Kvyat.

Ricciardo was delighted with the result and insisted Red Bull continues to make progress towards the front, but he conceded the gap to Ferrari was still too big. 

"It's been a while since I started on the second row," said the Aussie. "Not sure how far back, but it's been a while.

"The gap to Mercedes is always going to be big, but the gap to Seb [Vettel] was still too much. They've got a good package behind them.

"We'd like to be closer, but in saying that we're ahead of the Williams in the tricky conditions so that's positive.

"We've definitely made some progress from Melbourne, so bit by bit we're getting closer and closer.

"The second row was good. Fourth was definitely the best we could have done. If it was dry, I don't know, we probably would have been maybe fifth.

"It's positive in the wet at least. We'll have some fun tomorrow. I think tyre deg is going to be massive, it's probably a three-stop race. So we'll see who can hang on."

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Series Formula 1
Event Malaysian GP
Sub-event Saturday qualifying
Track Sepang International Circuit
Drivers Daniel Ricciardo , Daniil Kvyat
Teams Red Bull Racing
Article type Breaking news