Daniel Ricciardo: “I’m happy with the session”

Daniel Ricciardo felt happy with his performance during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday as the Australian secured fifth place on the grid.

The Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver felt he backed up his qualifying performance at the circuit from a year ago with another positive outcome in 2015, and is aiming to make progress during the race on Sunday, with Ricciardo hoping to find a way to overtake Sergio Perez while keeping the Williams pairing of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa behind him.

“I’m happy with the session; I think we’ve done really well,” said Ricciardo. “We were able to improve in every session and the weekend so far has been pretty smooth.

“Our lap time kept on getting better and better and that’s when you know the session’s gone well. You find a few tenths each run.

Last year, one of my best qualifying performances was here and today sort of backed that up. Our target for tomorrow is definitely to keep the Williams behind us and find a way around Perez. He was really quick today. I hope they fade a bit in the race.

“It should be interesting tomorrow. We won’t have an easy time passing them on track but at least it’s a track where you can overtake. The DRS zones are good and you can definitely have a go.”