Singapore GP: Qualifying notes - Red Bull


Daniel Ricciardo: "I'm pleased with the front row. We set ourselves up well and the lap was clean, but obviously Nico created a big gap and I would have loved for him to not be that far ahead. Even with a perfect lap I don't think we could have caught that up. So I did what I had to do and the last sector was good. I kept the tyres in good condition and that was important. That was a bit of a weakness earlier in the weekend so I was happy to get on top of that. The supersoft is what we're going to start the race on and we seem to be the only team in the top ten doing that so hopefully it works for us. We did that in Monaco but then we didn't get to see if it worked because of the rain on Sunday. If we can get the start we want I think we can control the situation tomorrow, but it's not a predictable race. There are normally incidents and safety cars so it won't be straightforward, but I feel good and ready to go. I'm excited."

Max Verstappen: "Qualifying wasn't fantastic and I am disappointed with my starting position. The car felt good throughout the weekend during the practice sessions and I was very comfortable in the car but it didn't come together for qualifying. I was struggling throughout the whole session to warm up the front tyres and the balance wasn't quite right, there was a lot of front wheel locking so the lap just didn't come together, which is a shame. We have good race pace and we also have a different strategy to Mercedes as we start on the supersofts, so we'll see how it's going to work out during the race, hopefully we can improve on P4."

Christian Horner, Team Principal: "A fantastic performance by both of our drivers today to be starting from the first and second row of the grid tomorrow. Tremendous from Daniel, leaving it right to the last minute to put an excellent lap together and split the Mercedes; and Max also producing a last minute improvement to get ahead of Kimi's Ferrari. We have a different strategy compared to the other cars around us, starting on the supersoft tyre, so it should be an interesting grand prix."

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Published: 17/09/2016
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