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Aussie F1 star Daniel Ricciardo has opened up about how one test drive earlier this year salvaged his career.
Ricciardo, 34, was in sporting limbo at the time after he was sacked by Maclaren, eventually signing on as a reserve driver for Red Bull this season.
Following the British Grand Prix on July 10 at the Silverstone circuit, the Perth-born driver stunned Red Bull officials after recording a superb time which was fractionally behind Max Verstappen, who had secured pole position days earlier.
A set of new tyres had made a profound difference, and all of a sudden, Ricciardo was reborn.
'I'm not going to sugar coat it. The first timed lap was on the money,' he told F1's "Beyond the Grid podcast.
'It was [only] a few hundredths off Max [Verstappen].
'Coming into that lap, I was so excited. I was treating it like a qualifying lap.
Aussie F1 star Daniel Ricciardo has opened up about how one test drive earlier this year at Silverstone salvaged his career
At the time, Ricciardo, 34, was in sporting limbo after he was sacked by Maclaren, eventually signing on as a reserve driver for Red Bull
'I just had that feeling in the car and that confidence. There was elements of the car that felt so familiar ... I kind of just knew what it could do and what it was capable of.'
Ricciardo - who finished the season driving for Red Bull-owned