"P5, I’m stoked. Pretty much every lap I crossed the line, exhaled and I thought I got the most out of it, so that was a satisfying session."
Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton and pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas were the only drivers to run the medium tyre in their final runs of Q3, but the 32-year-old doesn't feel he lost time by disregarding the softest rubber.
He explained: "I put the soft on in Q1 and I thought I did a good lap in the first run, and in Q2, I put on the medium and I was a second quicker or something and it felt easier as well.
"I think the car was happier with that tyre. From that point, I was set on the medium."
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