Not to take too much away from Ricciardo's performance or his general abilities,
but it's a very tainted picture and not at all a representation of reality.
Bottas messed up big time, which is first of all making Ricciardo lucky.
The Renault is not even remotely a match for the Mercedes. Bottas should
have qualified 4th the worst, which would move Danny to 5th.
Max was unlucky, paired with bad decision to wait till the last moment, to be kicked out of Q2
due to the red flag situation.
Max would have be either 4th or 5th, definately in front of the Renault, so Danny would be 6th.
Danny benefitted a lot from the situation. All he really did was beat his teammate and gasly,
and Gasly also had some issues with the car, even though i don't have Gasly so high up my list at all.
If, and i know we're talking if's, but if things panned out 'normally', then Danny would have been P6,
followed by Gasly, and then Hulkenberg P8. Worse even, if you'd concider that if gasly's car would have
been trouble free, like it was the case with Ricciardo, then it's very, very, very probable that Gasly
ended up in front of Daniel, and Danny would have been p7 with the exact same lap.
last race he started 10th and finished 12th, whilst Hulkenberg started from the Pitlane and finished
behind him P13, just 2.5 seconds behind him.
All that talk and hyping about him being p4 is a very very tainted picture and blown out of proportions.
Just wait for the race, he'll be nowhere. And that's not because there's anything wrong with Daniel,
i think he's a fantastic driver and fast as bloody hell. But Renault isn't going to get him anywhere.
Again, realistically, his Qually position is P6, just 1 car between him and Hulkenberg, a solid driver,
but never a fantastic driver and one that is in a arguably more boring and boring phase of his career,
hence, a whole lot less motivated.
Sorry for being a negative nancy here but i don't see even remotely anything impressive.
It also shows once again just how bad of a decision it was to leave RedBull.
Danny is miles and miles better than gasly, who had trouble during qually. That means in a RedBull,
danny would, at the very least, also have qualified 4th.
Knowing he is not just at the same level of Max, who gets overhyped from time to time too,
but in many cases shown to beat him just as well, then i'd say that Danny would have been very much
able to go for P3 even in a RedBull, like Max might have managed had he not been at the wrong place at the wrong time due to poor decisionship.