Red Bull Racing were delighted with Daniel Ricciardo’s qualifying performance as he will be start Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix from fifth place just ahead of Williams Martini Racing Team’s Valtteri Bottas and speaking following the session, Ricciardo commented by saying:
I’m really happy with the result today. We didn’t expect to be fifth, especially from my side of the garage as yesterday didn’t go too well and this morning wasn’t great either. We came into qualifying thinking if all went well, maybe we would squeeze into Q3, and so to get into fifth is great. I am happy with the laps we did, the changes we made from FP3 worked well for us in quali and I am excited for what the race will bring tomorrow.
For Daniil Kvyat he had a tough session and as a result will start the Bahrain GP from 15th place just ahead of the Manor Racing of Pascal Wehrlein. Speaking following the session the Russian commented by saying:
Today didn’t go as planned. Our timing during the session was not bad but we just didn’t have any pace. From our side of the garage there was something missing when we got to qualifying, I don’t know at the moment exactly what it is but it’s not where I want to be. FP1 was fine and we showed good pace, FP2 and 3 weren’t too bad either but when it came to qualifying we were pretty much nowhere. I don’t know what it was but we will look into it and try to turn things around for the race tomorrow.
Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner commented by saying:
A superb performance by Daniel today. He got quicker and quicker on every set of tyres and extracted every ounce of performance from the car. To line up P5 on this circuit for us is an excellent result. Unfortunately for Dany things didn’t go as well. He was happy with the car in the warmer conditions earlier in FP3, but the balance fell away from him during qualifying and he struggled for pace which resulted in a P15 for him. But as we have seen here in previous years, with a good strategy overtaking is possible and that should make for a fascinating race.