In the classification of Australian Grand Prix, Red Bull saved the disaster that is forecast from the preseason tucking in to Daniel Ricciardo in Q3. The australian was ranked 8th, not his, by then, mate Daniil Kvyat, that was in Q1. Since then, Red Bull had always had a car among the top five on the starting grid. On Sunday in Monza, will not be the case.
Since activity began on the track in free practice, the team of austria has been behind Ferrari in performance, and this trend has been confirmed at the time of the truth. If that weren’t enough, an inspired Valtteri Bottas has also improved their lap times with a Williams that has regained ground in the straights of Monza.
In fact, Ricciardo finished just a thousandth of the time the Finnish. The australian rider commented after qualifying that they had obtained the expected result, but that not having been able to move on to Q3 with the soft tyre affects quite to your race strategy.
“we Expected to be around the top 5, and we have fallen to a thousandth. It’s a little frustrating, but at least there has been no great surprises. Classify with the soft tyres would have been ideal, and we could have had a good fight with Ferrari in the race, but the pace was really high, and our time was near the court. We had to use the superblando to be in the secure area of the face of Q3″.
“we Knew that Williams would be fast here, but we can still do some overtaking with the DRS and braking well. we Can have a good race pace, and it would be great to find a small advantage for the night, but anyway we can have some fun and fight for the top 5″.
A few tenths behind, three in particular, ended up Max Verstappen, which will start from the seventh position. The pilot Dutch, more leading out of the track within in the last week, had a clean day and no problems, but never ended up being comfortable with the car, and the problems of radio at the end of Q3 did not help.
“I’m pretty happy. I believed that we would be further back, but what is certain is that everything was very tight. we Lost the radio communication, at the end, so I didn’t know where I was, and when I came back and saw that it was seventh, I thought that wasn’t so bad”.
“we’re three tenths off fifth place, we can not complain, in particular with the commitments that have to do with the levels of grip. we are Usually a bit stronger in the race than in qualifying. You always want to be further up, but we have to be realistic, and this circuit is a challenge for us”.