Daniel Ricciardo on track during qualifying for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo on track during qualifying for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix.

Canada miracle repeat on cards for Ricciardo

SIXTH place on the grid at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve brings back memories for Daniel Ricciardo - he claimed his maiden F1 victory from there in 2014.

Now the Australian will park his car at the same spot before the lights go out again on Monday morning, hoping that history repeats itself.

And thanks to an alternate tyre strategy, Ricciardo believes he's well-poised to mount an all out attack on the leaders, and repeat the miracle win.

The Red Bull garage opted to qualify Ricciardo and teammate Max Verstappen in Q2 using the hypersoft tyres, while Mercedes and Ferrari used the more durable, but slower ultrasofts.

Ricciardo said after qualifying the strategy call will allow him to be aggressive in the early stages of the race and give him the chance to gain crucial track position on his rivals.

"Starting on the hypersofts sets us up to be aggressive in attack, so should hopefully make for some good TV as well," Ricciardo said.

When asked if it means he can win the race from sixth, he said: "I did it in '14.

Ricciardo believes he’s well-poised to mount an all out attack on the leaders, and repeat a miracle win in Canada.
Ricciardo believes he’s well-poised to mount an all out attack on the leaders, and repeat a miracle win in Canada.

"The first few laps will dictate a lot of the race, but also if we can really manage to go well in the first stint with the hypers, if we could pull it off, then it sets us up later in the race.

"We thought the chance of having cars to overtake at the beginning would be likely. And just giving us an extra start performance on the hypersoft for us felt like a risk worth taking.

"Also we feel that we can be better on the tyres than the others. If we did the same as them, we were thinking, 'How can we beat them?' It is a tough track to overtake, so we are going to try and capitalise with some track position in the first few laps."

Sebastian Vettel will start the race from the front of the grid, followed by Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton will start the race from fourth after a disappointing qualifying session, which saw him removed from the Canadian front-row for the first time in seven years.


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