Red Bull Racing had a fantastic Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit on Sunday. Daniel Ricciardo who qualified in fifth place with the RB12 TAG-HEUER on Saturday drove an incredible race and came home in fourth place behind Rosberg, Raikkonen and Hamilton and just ahead of the Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean.
Speaking following the race, Ricciardo commented by saying:
The race start was interesting. I didn’t get off the line very well and I could see it was getting a bit chaotic into Turn 1. I tried to capitalize on it but ended up with damage on the front wing when Bottas and I came together. There was a moment that I thought I would have to pit for a new wing as the chunk that came off looked pretty substantial but we were able to hang in there for a few laps, racing with the Williams. The damage didn’t affect me too much and we had a good race, although a little lonely towards the end, with some decent points scored.
Daniil Kvyat in the second Red Bull recovered from a tough qualifying on Saturday which saw the Russian start the race from 15th place on the grid to come through the pack and claim a top ten result with seventh place.
Speaking following the race, Kvyat commented by saying:
I am very pleased with today. It was quite difficult in the beginning but I would say the race went very well considering where we started from. We had good pace and a good result which I am very happy with. The strategy worked well and the team managed to avoid traffic on the track, when we saw an opportunity we went for it and it made the race good fun. We found a nice rhythm during the race. It was also good to see we were challenging the front runners, at the right tracks I think this will be interesting. We need to work on our qualifying and not repeat the disaster of yesterday, for China I will sit down with my side of the garage and analyse qualifying to improve that. It was a really good wheel to wheel race which I think is good for TV and I’m really happy to have been involved in that action. I leave here with the glass half full.
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner commented by saying:
A great performance from both drivers today. They both sustained damage in the first lap on an identical part of the car losing their front wing end plates which wasn’t ideal. But the strategy from the team and with the pace of the cars, we were able to finish in a respectable fourth and seventh place. Dany made a great recovery from his difficult qualifying yesterday to put some decent points on the board. Daniel got absolutely everything out of the car he could to deliver another excellent race. All in all, it was a decent weekend for us with some valuable points in the bank.