Ricciardo 'disheartened' by Spain qualifying

Sebastian Vettel right has claimed pole position in three of the four races so far this season. David Ramos  Getty Images

Daniel Ricciardo felt an all-too-common sense of disappointment after once again seeing Red Bull fall out of contention during qualifying for the Spanish GP on Saturday.

The two looked firmly in the frame to challenge for a possible front row start.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has heavily criticised the intended 2019 rule changes created to improve overtaking, believing the alterations have been "rushed" into.

As they look to claw back the lead on Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, the two four-time world champions duking it out at the top of the standings, Red Bull have made sweeping changes to their auto, notably including revised sidepods.

Once again the main factor was the engine as the underpowered Renault unit in the RB14 couldn't keep up with their rivals through the first two sectors, where higher cornering speeds have seen two corners become nearly full-throttle. It was unable to keep up with its rival engines in the first two sectors.

"Max knows that when the next incident occurs the blame is automatically on him, whether he can help it or not, because he's been involved in so many collisions lately", said the Austrian.

"Q3 I think we both put in a strong lap on the supers (super softs), which wasn't, I don't think was our preferred tire".

"Shouldn't we be looking at the tracks and the tyre compounds and how they influence races rather than burdening the teams with what will be hundreds of millions in costs?" he continued.

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This explains why Ricciardo was frustrated as he expected to be higher in the pecking order.

The Australian added: "You never really know until qualifying. Friday's paint one picture but you're never sure what is going to happen", he claimed.

"It's just Q3 (we struggle in)", said Verstappen. Just the way the car's feeling this weekend, I thought we were more comfortable on the softs, that's why I went for that tire in the second part of Q3.

Meanwhile on the other end of the garage, Max Verstappen stuck to the Supersoft for both runs.

On the contrary, Verstappen stuck to the Supersoft for both his runs but later conceded: "I still don't know what the faster tyre is to be honest". I don't think many people will actually choose the Supersoft [for the race].

Both drivers were reprimanded by stewards after the race and Ricciardo accepted that.

"I chipped away at my lap time by a few hundredths but it wasn't enough".

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