The amalgam of straight of high speed, twisty and slow, and high-speed corners than there are in Baku, was a challenge for Red Bull, whose car makes with ease the more turns there are in your way, and that came to Grand Prix of Europe with doubts about his performance compared to the rest, but the qualifying session has cleared a large part of these fears.
Daniel Ricciardo has been one of the great protagonists of the classification with its stratospheric lap in Q3. The australian rider got the same time that Sebastian Vettel, and the problems of Lewis Hamilton, as well as the penalty to Sergio Perez, will allow you to leave in the first line after the poleman Nico Rosberg.
Ricciardo noted that exit in front of the group in Q3 was fundamental to mark his time, and is considered to be able to win the battle in the first corner to Rosberg, but is cautious before what could be a career move.
“it Is my third time on the first line, this season, that is quite nice. I Thank the team that put me at the front of that line –in the pit lane-, it was a crucial moment that allowed me to have a clean lap. I went long and made some mistakes on my first lap in Q3, so we needed that last try, and I’m glad to have been able to run a good one. We have learned a lot from yesterday, and we were able to connect the dots by the night, which has led us to have a day strong”.
“The race will be really interesting, wouldn’t surprise me if that was a day flat and boring. If someone has not seen the race in GP2 this morning, I suggest you do. Judging by this, you need to survive, be smart and pick your opportunities to be fast using the rebufos well. I Think that might be the race of the season, so it’s going to be fun. On average, we have been having better outings that Mercedes, so that if we have a good start and not be too tactical, only hope to have a good position on the track and then figure it out from there”.
unfortunately for Red Bull, the driver of the car number 33 was not or much less a record as solid. Max Verstappen was significantly affected by the traffic during the whole classification, in particular in the last round, and could only end in ninth place, surpassing the Mercedes crashed Hamilton.
The dutchman believes that his return could have gotten in the second row before the obstruction of the Williams Valtteri Bottas, who complained bitterly, but considers that the pace is good enough to regain ground.
“Today we could have been third-party. When the red flag came out, I was improving by five tenths to my time of Q2, so that a 1:43.9 was possible. It is unfortunate that Bottas I arruinase the lap of Q2, and then, before the red flag in Q3 to lack of two minutes, did exactly the same thing, but the pace is there. I don’t need to talk to him, only I’ll focus on it tomorrow. We know from the GP2 that there will be plenty of action and overtaking, sure it will be an interesting race”.
“it Will be interesting to have Lewis behind me, will be very fast. There are many opportunities in this circuit, there are many straights, but even in the curves you can advance, so I’m happy with the performance we have shown today. Everything was beginning to work, and you have a good chance. We must find a compromise with the setup, our rear spoiler is small, so that we lose a little bit of downforce, where we are normally very strong, but we are still up there, so the car is performing well”.