Red Bull: We have made a big step forward with the car 15 March, 2014 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull team and drivers report after qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, Round 1 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Albert Park in Melbourne: Daniel Ricciardo, Position: 2, (3rd Practice – P5, 1:30.970): “It was exciting out there – the weather definitely added to the mix and the whole session went well. Q1 looked like it was going okay for us and then, when the rain fell, it’s the first time we’ve driven these cars on the limit in wet conditions. It was tricky, but at the same time a lot of fun and it was nice to always be up there. The engineer was always on the radio saying the pace was good and that we were P1, P2 P3 and in the battle for the pole position, so it was definitely a really nice first Qualifying session with the team. I’m happy for us to have a front row start – it wasn’t looking like this a few weeks ago, so I’m pretty pleased right now.” Sebastian Vettel, Position: 13, (3rd Practice – P12, 1:32.255): “I think we have made a big step forward with the car, but of course I’m not happy that we didn’t make it to Q3. I think the car is quick, but we struggled this afternoon with drivability which, in these conditions, made it even worse. The car seems good and Daniel did a very good job to be on the front row, so congratulations to him. It’s going to be a long race tomorrow and reliability will be the most important thing to make it to the flag, but I think there will be lots of opportunities for us.” Christian Horner: “It was unbelievable for Dan today. He’s been so relaxed all weekend. He was on fire though all three qualifying sessions and all credit to him starting his home race and his debut race for us on the front row of the grid. It was unlucky for Seb. His engine software meant that he was down on power with extremely poor drivability and we need to understand that, as it compromised his qualifying session, but we’re really pleased for Dan. The car’s good – our weakness is on the straights and in the wet you can’t go so fast on the straights, so we’ve got to work on that. To start on the front row tomorrow is unexpected, it was a tremendous performance.” Thierry Salvi: “After a very difficult winter we did not expect to be on the front row, so this is a great result for the entire team at Milton Keynes and Viry. Managing the Power Units, the state of charge and energy management in pressured and changing weather conditions is no mean feat, and everyone did a great job today. Unfortunately Sebastian was down on power, as we got a faulty sensor reading. This ultimately did not reflect the improved performance of the car, but we’ll do our best in the race tomorrow.” Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsDecision on Red Bull Melbourne disqualification appeal on TuesdayRed Bull appeal of Melbourne disqualification is first test of F1’s new eraRed Bull deny dropping Ricciardo disqualification appealRed Bull appeal to be heard in Paris on 14 AprilRed Bull disqualification appeal may take several weeksRed Bull file papers to appeal Ricciardo disqualificationTech Talk: We explain why Ricciardo was disqualified as Flowgate becomes F1’s latest sagaFIA backs fuel flow sensor maker in aftermath of Red Bull disqualificationTech Talk: Wings of change in MelbourneWhiting reveals Red Bull were warned early in the race McLarenfan Daniel was on fire and that car is fast lets be honest he split Nico & Lewis the crowd were going mental they were loving it. =El Presidente= i just read that RB had their nosecamera hidden in the ‘vanity-panel’ and thus loophooling the mandatory litle cam-wings. Amos James Yep. Newey is very clever.