Daniel Ricciardo pleased to start from seventh.

Daniel Ricciardo
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Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo believes that he is on the right path after qualifying in seventh for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo has said that Toro Rosso surprised themselves by posting the seventh-fastest time in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix earlier today.

The Australian will start alongside McLaren's Jenson Button from the third row of the grid in tomorrow's race.

The 23-year-old told Autosport.com: "For Q3 I definitely wanted to try and post a time, give it a crack and see how we went. It paid off well. If we'd been ninth or 10th it'd be a question mark, but to get seventh was really good for us.

"I think today we had to go for it. I think we surprised a few people and surprised ourselves. It all started from yesterday. We weren't extremely fast, but the way we worked was the best Friday we've had all season, the best day of testing.

"It looks like we're on the right path. We're definitely better off than we were earlier in the season."

Ricciardo's teammate Jean-Eric Vergne qualified 16th, but moves up a place following Mark Webber's demotion to the back of the grid.

Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne during a test drive on February 7, 2013
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