Red Bull Racing had an impressive opening day to their Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir Circuit on Friday as in the opening session Daniel Ricciardo set the fourth fastest time with a 1m 34.461s completing 27 laps.
In the second session Ricciardo set the ninth fastest time with a 1m 32.870s completing 23 laps and speaking following the day of on track action he said:
Dany is probably happier with his Friday than I was with mine. This morning wasn’t too bad but from the very first lap this afternoon I locked the front into Turn 1 which killed that set of tyres. We couldn’t use that set for the long run which compromised our afternoon programme. With the super softs on the low fuel we still needed to find a bit more balance, and with the high fuel run, we were interrupted with the virtual safety cars. We still have some homework to do but we’ll see how tomorrow goes. I think Q3 will be on the edge for us, but the race will be better.
Daniil Kvyat completed 30 laps in the opening session setting the fifth fastest time of 1m 34.510s.
In the second session, Kvyat completed 34 laps setting the seventh fastest time of 1m 32.703s and speaking afterwards he stated:
All in all it was a good Friday for us which was crucial after what was a pretty disastrous weekend in Melbourne. We were aiming to do good mileage, which we achieved and we have a lot of data to go through tonight. We hope to continue this form into tomorrow and maybe make a couple of steps forward. There were a few surprises today in terms of pace, obviously McLaren was one of them. There may be some more surprises tomorrow depending who makes it click overnight but I’m pretty confident we will be in good shape.