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Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo angry at himself: I'll use that rage tomorrow

The McLaren driver says he feels "angry" after missing out on beating teammate Lando Norris during qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix.

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Daniel Ricciardo says he feels "angry" with himself after a missed opportunity in Friday's qualifying session at the Italian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo will start Sprint Qualifying at Monza from fifth on the grid after losing out to McLaren teammate Lando Norris by 0.006 seconds, while he was only 0.029 seconds behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who will start the 100km race from third.

"[McLaren team boss] Andreas [Seidl] is happy, [but] I'm angry," Ricciardo told Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport. "He gave me a fist bump, but I wanted to put my fist through something.

"It's obviously just adrenaline. These are good emotions to have because I care, and I think I still care a lot more than some people think. I want to show it and I will do that this weekend."

Ricciardo has experienced a difficult year but has shown improved form recently to be closer to Norris, having been outshone over the first half of the season.

The Australian wants to battle for a spot on the famous Monza podium on Sunday and is in a confident mood.

"It was so close," said Ricciardo. "When it's like that, it beats you up. [But] I'll use this kind of rage I have for the sprint and then the race.

"But it was good. Both cars were fast, [there was] not much to separate us, and we were very close to Max. We'll try to gain some spots for tomorrow and put ourselves in a podium fight for Sunday."

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