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Japanese GP: Daniel Ricciardo on 'bleak' F1 qualifying record

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-10-06 00:00:38

Daniel Ricciardo admits his recent qualifying record against Max Verstappen is "bleak", with the Australian eager to rediscover the podium feeling at this week's Japanese GP.

Ricciardo won two of 2018's opening six races but that has been followed by a run of 10 events without a podium - one race short of the longest drought of his Red Bull career. And although grid penalties and race retirements have hindered his season in recent months, Ricciardo has not outqualifed team-mate Verstappen in that time either.

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Asked about his qualifying troubles, which have seen him start no higher than fifth since a pole in Monaco, Ricciardo conceded: "It's been pretty bleak.

"I kind of feel maybe I made my own bed in Monaco because I was like 'this is awesome and this happiness will carry me through the rest of the year'. So if there is someone controlling it all maybe they took that literally for me!

"Last year I wasn't that happy with my qualifying and I thought the start of this year I was starting to improve some things. But I haven't really got everything out of it - or maybe Max is just getting a lot better, I don't know.

"I'm not done yet."

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