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Daniel Ricciardo admitted he was disappointed with his performance in Sunday morning’s French Grand Prix as he tried to make a fast start.

Ricciardo was 11th fastest in Saturday’s qualifying session but will start two points higher after Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Haas’ Kevin Magnussen picked up grid penalties for using new engines.

The Australian lost Q2 by just eight-hundredths of a second, with McLaren team-mate Lando Norris in fifth.

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Daniel Ricciardo starts ninth on the grid.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Daniel Ricciardo starts ninth on the grid. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“It was close but there are many angles where I was out of line and couldn’t find it. [the car] I’m doing what I want to do,” Ricciardo said.

“So, definitely, frustration, especially when we’re close.

“We have to make a good start and hopefully we can show good race speed and tire management.”

Elsewhere, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton qualified fourth but admitted rivals Ferrari and Red Bull were “in their own place”.

The 37-year-old Briton will make his 300th race on Sunday after 11 races without a win this year, knowing he will face a battle to close a huge performance gap.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, world champion Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez qualified ahead of Hamilton.

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Lewis Hamilton will line up for his 300th race. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“They are in their own place,” said Mercedes driver Hamilton.

But we are still here and everyone behind us is fighting so we will keep fighting.

He added that he was pleased with his opening practice — giving his car to pit driver Nick de Vries for a practice session — and recovering from a shaky start to the weekend as he had to “play game”.

“Honestly, I am very happy to be able to do it. The last lap was great.

“I’m not sure why the gap is widening overall. They’re kind of in a league of their own in that regard.”

He said that waiting for the latest package of updates to bring a quantum improvement in performance is a mistake.

“When we say we have updates, we bring the tiniest thing. If it’s perfect, maybe half a tenth of a tenth,” he said.

“Last race, we finished three or four tenths, so this weekend I thought maybe we’d be two tenths, but we’ve been back in second all weekend.

Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell was sixth behind friend and McLaren Briton Lando Norris and said he had made a mistake.

“As a team, maybe we’ve gone a little bit further than what we expected and expected, especially after yesterday. I made a mistake on my last lap.

“It’s not the end of the world. I think the gap has more to do with finishing order.

Starting grid for the French Grand Prix at the Paul Ricard circuit:

Front row: Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull)

2nd row: Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull) Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes)

3rd row: Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes) George Russell (GBR/Mercedes)

4th row: Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renoda) Yuki Shunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Red Bull)

5th row: Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes) Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault)

6th row: Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo) Sebastian Vettel (GR/Aston Martin-Mercedes)

7th row: Alexander Alban (THA/Williams-Mercedes) Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Red Bull)

8th row: Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes) Zhu Guanyu (CHN/Alfa Romeo)

9th row: Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari) Nicolas Laffey (CAN/Williams-Mercedes)

10th row: Carlos Sainz (ESP/Ferrari) Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas-Ferrari)

Note: Sainz and Magnussen will start at the back of the grid after having new engines fitted to their cars.

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