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Ricciardo hopes missing Q3 at Austrian F1 GP will “keep everyone a little calm” – Motorsport Week

Daniel Ricciardo hopes his promising performance in qualifying for the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix will “put everyone at ease” amid reports about his future.

Ricciardo went into the race weekend facing questions centered on comments from Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko about his possible successor at RB, Liam Lawson, in 2025.

Marko’s comments were based on Ricciardo’s difficulties in achieving consistent results this season and his ambitions to return to the Red Bull parent team have been hampered as a result.

Ricciardo’s desire to be more competitive went in the wrong direction at the Red Bull Ring when he exited sprint qualifying in Q1 as RB continued to struggle with updates.

However, the Australian, who insisted on staying at RB, recovered from this setback and managed to get his car into Q3 0.010 seconds faster in qualifying.

Ricciardo believes his difficulties this season have been exaggerated and stressed that the gap between him and his teammate Yuki Tsunoda has never been that big.

“I know my year … sure I had a few little highs, but overall it was probably not what I expected and what I wanted from myself,” he said.

“If you don’t really go for it, you’ll obviously get some harsh criticism. But sometimes it’s probably gone completely wrong.

“I don’t think the gap to Yuki was ever or rarely half a second or so. In fact, last week he was less than a tenth faster than me.”

“I also think he’s gotten a lot of praise, so I’m not going to let someone who’s not very fast kick my ass. I think everyone recognizes that he has a very good pace on a lap.

“But the battle between the teammates is of course being closely watched and today I am of course happy to do a few laps together and perhaps ensure that everyone stays a bit calmer.”

Ricciardo was 0.010 seconds short of making it into Q3 in Austria.

Earlier this week, Ricciardo admitted he did not want to get involved in speculation and insisted that strong performances would change the perception of his season.

“I think I’m in the race at the moment and I have to do everything I can to control the things I can,” explained Ricciardo.

“If I win here, if I win at Silverstone, then history can change. I think I have to accept that of course and be at the peak of what I can do.

“Yes. I’m sure Helmut’s fifth place in Montreal put a smile on his face. If I can do that a few more times, I’m sure I’ll put a smile on his face.”

“It still depends so much on performance, and yeah, just focus on that.”

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