Honda: Three of our cars in the top ten is a satisfactory result

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing came within 0.2s of pole position as three of the four Honda-powered cars will start from the top ten at the British Grand Prix.

Daniil struggled to get his car into the right operating window and was unfortunate to drop out in Q1 by just 0.072s as he ended up 17th on the grid. His Toro Rosso team-mate Alex advanced along with Max and Pierre, with all three also performing well in Q2 to make it through to the top ten shootout.

Max led the charge as he challenged for pole throughout Q3 after making balance improvements following practice, and was a threat right up until the chequered flag as he ended up 0.179s off the fastest time. In an extremely close qualifying session, that lap time leaves him fourth on the grid, one position ahead of Pierre who continued his strong weekend.

Pierre was close to Max all through the session and both Red Bulls will start on the medium tyre on Sunday after setting their best times on that compound in Q2.

Alex also performed well in Q3 to get ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault and secure ninth on the grid, after an extremely consistent qualifying session that saw his best laps in all three sectors being within 0.15s of each other.

Toyoharu Tanabe, Technical Director, Honda Racing F1: “Getting three of our cars into the top ten is a satisfactory result. With Max and Pierre in fourth and fifth places on the grid, we can expect to fight for the podium tomorrow, so between now and the race we must plan to do everything perfectly.

“Alex’s ninth place is the first time that Toro Rosso has been in the top ten on the grid since Monaco and therefore he has to be in with an excellent chance of a good points finish. It was a shame that Daniil missed the cut to Q2 by just 0.07s, but with both he and his team-mate showing good long run pace, he can still expect to have a strong race.”

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