Red Bull Racing had a mixed opening qualifying session for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit as home favourite Daniel Ricciardo will start the race from eighth place on the grid just ahead of the Sahara Force India Formula One Team pairing of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.
The Australian set fastest time of 1m 25.589s and speaking following the session he stated:
To make it into Q3 is good, we expected to more or less be in the top eight. Another tenth would have probably given us a couple of more positions, but that’s always the way. As for the new qualifying system, Q1 and Q2 seemed okay, the clock ticking down added a bit more pressure and it might have been a bit more exciting for the fans, but Q3 didn’t seem to work as well, it was a bit weird to have the session still going and all the drivers out of their cars.
Daniil Kvyat had a far more disappointing session as the Russian will start the race from 18th place just ahead of the Haas F1 Team drivers. Kvyat fastest time was a 1m 28.006s and speaking following the session he stated:
Of course it’s frustrating to be P18 but we will learn from what we have done today. My first lap was compromised by traffic so I had to give it up, and on the second push lap the tyres lost a lot of performance so it wasn’t enough. It’s a new system and someone had to get it wrong and today it was us but we have plenty of things to analyse from our short life in Q1. I will do my best to go through the field tomorrow, definitely. It’s not going to be enjoyable to start from P18 but it’s a long race and we have to try and squeeze everything out of it and bring some points home.