Red Bull: Hopefully we can have a strong race

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull team and drivers report from qualifying for the British Grand Prix, Round 9 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Silverstone;

Sebastian Vettel:

  • Position: 2nd, (3rd Practice – P1, 1:52.522)

“It was very tight in Q1 and Q2, we were quite late going out due to the weather and then in Q3 we were quite early for the final run, but it didn’t matter as in the end the time was OK. It’s hard to know how much you can push when the conditions are like that as you’re driving into the unknown. The warm up lap shows you that it’s damp and you know it will improve, but by how much is obviously determined by how much risk you take. It seems that in the end, I took the right amount today, so I’m happy.”

Daniel Ricciardo:

  • Position: 8th, (3rd Practice – P2, 1:52.631)

“I didn’t expect it to go quicker at the end of the session there, as the rain kept coming. We really thought the track wouldn’t get quicker, Vettel only went out as he didn’t have a time at that point. We have to learn from it I guess – I’m gobsmacked how much faster the circuit got, it must dry a lot quicker here than I thought. We’ll move forwards from there tomorrow.”

Christian Horner: “A very tricky Qualifying today in all three sessions and the weather played a part in all three sectors. The guys did well to navigate their way through into Q3 and Sebastian did a tremendous job at the end of the session to secure our sixth front row start at Silverstone. Unfortunately we misjudged the conditions at the end of Q3, so apologies to Daniel, he didn’t go again as he had already set a time. With both cars well up the field on a mixed up grid for tomorrow, hopefully we can have a strong race from there.”

Thierry Salvi: “A very tight Qualifying for us today, but naturally we are very pleased to start on the front row with Seb. Due to the weather it was very close for our drivers to get out of Q1 and the rest of the session was a bit of a gamble. Managing the fuel and tyres and the run plan with the changing conditions is always a big challenge. Seb did a great job to put the car in second place, but unfortunately Daniel did not have the opportunity to challenge. The race tomorrow will be difficult as we’ll have to fight against strong competitors to stay close to the front, particularly if the weather comes into play.”