Daniel Ricciardo had a pithy summary for his feelings on Saturday after crashing out of qualifying for Sunday’s Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
“Physically, I am OK,” he said. “But, emotionally it's tough… At least it wasn't in Q1.”
The Australian driver, who harboured hopes of a top five starting slot for the race, wound up 10th on the grid in his Red Bull car, five places back from team-mate Dutch teenager Max Verstappen.
“My lap in Q3 was a little messy,” he said. “The turn caught me out, it caught me by surprise. There was not a way of catching that and saving it.”
His dramatic demise in the final minutes of a high-speed record-breaking hour drew a collective gasp from many home fans in a crowd of more than an estimated 80,000 inside Albert Park.
Ricciardo was on his first flying lap in Q3 when he lost control of his car and ended up skidding off backwards into a gravel trap.
“It happened quickly, I could feel rear was on the edge, it was starting to come around," he said. "I tried to catch it but it just came around.
"As the result of more down-force and more grip, when you lose it, it’s a lot more violent and aggressive – so it caught me out.
“There is still a bit to learn and I don't tend to find myself in the barriers that much, so it's a bit of an odd sight!
“The cars have more grip, which makes them stick to the track more, but when it goes wrong they bite a bit harder.”
“They are new beasts,” he added. “But I am positive about it… I like the cars.”
“I created a bit more work for myself and, unfortunately, for the mechanics," he added. “I feel for them, I know they’ve had a long weekend – it’s tough getting cars prepared.
“But we will turn it into a bit of ‘aggro’ tomorrow and hopefully buy them a few stubbies after a better result than today.”