Sport Motorsport Formula One: Ricciardo’s the king of comedy at Silverstone

Formula One: Ricciardo’s the king of comedy at Silverstone

Daniel Ricciardo in King of Comedy mode at Silverstone. Photo: Getty
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Daniel Ricciardo may have had one of his best qualifying sessions of the year in his Renault, but if while his car may sometimes struggle for pace the Australian seems to find comedic pacing a breeze

Ricciardo managed to push his car to seventh fastest in qualifying ahead of Sunday night’s British Grand Prix (AEST).

Fresh from cracking up his fellow drivers in Friday’s media session when he asked young McLaren driver Lando Norris about the hairs in his nether regions, Ricciardo was at it again when he ran into former teammate Max Verstappen in the television bullpen.

Ricciardo left the Red Bull team at the end of last season after the pair had several on-track run ins that threatened to disrupt their good working relationship.

Still, the sometimes straight-man Verstappen seems to relax when Ricciardo is around, and on Saturday the Australian’s good humour and one-liners ultimately goaded the Dutchman into an expletive on live TV.

On track, Ricciardo was pleased with his car’s qualifying pace, saying it had been a “good recovery” after a poor showing at the Austrian Grand Prix.

“It shows we’ve done a lot of work, discovered a bit more from the car and then executed a good qualifying. I’m really happy with today,” he said in a team statement.

“Having both cars in Q3 was our objective, we’ve achieved that, and seventh is probably the best we can reach at the moment. Tomorrow we need to take some points off our rivals and we’re in prime position to do that.

“We’ll try and stay up there and put some smiles back on the team. Our car looked good on long runs so we’ll be targeting a double-points finish tomorrow.”