Daniel Ricciardo said qualifying fourth for the Canadian Grand Prix with Renault felt like he had secured pole position. Ricciardo qualified ahead of the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and both Red Bulls, securing Renault's best qualifying result since Japan 2010.
Max Verstappen failed to make Q3 as his flying lap was curtailed by Kevin Magnussen's crash, while Bottas endured a scruffy time of it in the top-1o shootout, spinning on his opening lap and then struggling on his second run.
And Ricciardo stormed through the open door, pipping Pierre Gasly for good measure to secure Renault's highest grid slot since Robert Kubica lined up third in Suzuka nine seasons ago.
He said: "I never thought I'd be so happy for a fourth place in qualifying; it feels like a pole position!
Ever the optimist, Ricciardo hopes the grippier rubber can benefit him off the line come race day.
"The group we're in, it's hard to say," he added. "Obviously, I'm surrounded by a few quicker cars, but on the soft tyre, maybe we could be in the top three in the start if the cars in front start on the mediums.
"You never know what's going to happen. I think once the pace settles, the top teams will probably stretch it out a little bit, but we'll try and remain inside the top four, top five, and get some points that we maybe missed out on in Monaco."
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