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Latest quotes and images from the qualifying race in #shanghai, where Red Bull Racing’s Ricciardo sealed a front-row grid spot with a P2 performance.
Red Bull Racing
Position: 2, (Practice 3, No Time Set)
“Compared to last year we’ve certainly got a bit more from the power unit. We’ve seen the trend in the first couple of races and the deficit hasn’t been as big as last year on the straights but I didn’t expect to be standing here unless it was a wet qualifying. To be front row in the dry is pretty cool. A few people joked saying it’s the haircut so maybe that’s what it is: aerodynamic. The positive is that Niko’s on the Soft and we’re obviously starting on the Super Soft, so the start should be interesting. Hopefully we’ll battle the Ferrari’s for the podium. New or old qualifying system, we seem to be competitive so that’s nice.”
Position: 6, (Practice 3, No Time Set)
"I’m quite happy with today’s qualifying, P6 is my best qualifying so far this season and I think we have found our rhythm. I think what cost us a little bit of time is I did my best lap on scrubbed set of Options, so I think there is a little more time to be found there. Daniel did a good lap to qualify P2, it’s a good result for the team. It should be an interesting race tomorrow, hopefully we can fight for a podium, but we will see what the race brings."
“An absolutely blistering performance by Daniel, none of us could’ve dreamt of a front row start in the dry at this circuit, so to be lining up on the front row, alongside Rosberg, is probably one of Daniel’s best ever qualifying performances. Dany did a solid job to start on the third row of the grid, another tenth and he would’ve been ahead of the Williams. It was a good team performance today and hopefully we can turn that into a decent race result tomorrow.”
Scuderia Toro Rosso
Carlos Sainz (STR11-02, Car 55)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:58.800, pos. 4th, 9 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:37.656, (Q2) 1:37.204, (Q3) 1:36.881, pos. 8th
“I’m happy with my qualifying today as I’d say we couldn’t have got much more out of the car. It’s true that I lost a bit of time in the last sector, but to start from P8 tomorrow is not a bad result and we will try and go forward in the race. All in all, I’m also satisfied to have finally put a good qualifying session together from start to end this year, as during the previous two in Australia and Bahrain it’s something that I hadn’t been able to do yet. I think that tomorrow’s race is going to be very interesting strategy wise and I hope to fight for good points.”
Max Verstappen (STR11-01, Car 33)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 2:00.150, pos.9th, 6 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:38.181, (Q2) 1:37.265, (Q3) 1:37.194, pos. 9th
“I think we’ve qualified in quite a good position for tomorrow, and to get into Q3 is always good. Of course, you always hope for more, but today it didn’t really all come together unfortunately. The conditions out there were quite tricky: the car felt a bit different compared to yesterday and the track was a bit more slippery. However, we are in the top 10 and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s race.”
James Key (Technical Director)
“A very eventful day. Today’s qualifying was an exciting session, with a lot going on. I think we come away happy to have both cars through to top ten relatively easily but a little bit frustrated that we didn’t really pull it together with the final runs in Q3. Both cars lost quite a bit of time in the third sector during their final run, which means that we are 8th and 9th when I think we could’ve been a little bit higher than that. We clearly need to look into this and understand what happened, but it’s history now and our immediate priority is to move on and concentrate on preparation for the race. There are several strategies that need to be considered given the combination of tyres available so there may be some different approaches tomorrow. It’s also a bit difficult to predict because conditions look like they will be pretty warm so we will need to consider how this may affect the tyres and what implications there are for our plans.”
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