MONACO GP – QUALIFYING
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 3rd, (3rd Practice – P3, 1:15.261)
“I was a bit annoyed with my flying lap in Q3; I think I maybe pushed a bit too hard here and there. The start of the lap wasn’t bad, but also it wasn’t great; with hindsight I should have gone for two flying laps at the start of Q3 and not one, but I decided for that. I thought the tyres would be good enough for the first lap. I have been struggling all weekend, but in the end it was tight. Pole was probably possible today, but we are third. I think with the Mercedes in front, it was expected that they would be strong. We have a good race car and should be able to do well from there tomorrow.”
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: 4th, (3rd Practice – P7, 1:15.550)
“Yeah I’m pretty happy with that. It’s very easy to be towards the back when you have a disruptive session with those conditions, but we managed to survive all the tricky sections and put together a reasonably tidy effort. You can always look at timings later and think you could have done things differently, but in the heat of the moment you make the decision as to what you think is right and overall it wasn’t too bad. The conditions are changing and the tyres are tricky, so starting on the second row here is not bad. It’s a long race and a lot of strategy can unfold, so we’ll see what we can do from there.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER: “A very strong team performance with both cars lining up on the second row of the grid in what was a very tight qualifying session. Sebastian put in a very quick lap at the beginning of Q3 and unfortunately didn’t quite have enough to hold on to the pole, but nonetheless a great performance from him and from Mark who once again has done a great job in Monte Carlo.”
(Renault) THIERRY SALVI: “At Monaco, getting the engine response completely correct is absolutely crucial to lap time gain. The slow corners and short bursts of power between them require a very precise power delivery in the low rev range, but one of the main advantages of the RS27 is its ability to be mapped to deliver torque exactly when the driver needs it. This helped today and we ended up pretty much where we thought. Tomorrow’s race will be difficult to predict, as overtaking is hard here, so no doubt the tyre wear will play yet another role in the results”.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON ON THE ENERGY STATION
The World of Red Bull has been in action on our floating Energy Station today. We’ve had freerunner Ryan Doyle, Moto Trails Rider Dougie Lampkin and BMX flatlander Matthias Dandois, who co-performed to create a vibrant spectacle of boundary-pushing stunts, including riding across the bar and back-flipping from one side our infamous pool to the other #allaboard
The Ticket Master: @redbullracing
With two grandstand tickets available for the Monaco Grand Prix, we decided to make our @redbullracing followers work for the chance of watching the race here.
We set them a challenge, but they had to meet two conditions: 1. The winner had to be able to collect the tickets in person in Monaco and 2. They’d have to show us just how badly they wanted the tickets by showing us how they’d celebrate winning. The winner was Steve Watkinson (@steviep19), whose desk jumping, fists-in-the-air video celebration can be seen on our Twitter feed.
Steve bagged last-minute flights for himself and a mate and the two über-fans are currently winging their way to Monaco… Steve will get to pick up his tickets at this evening’s Energy Station party. Lucky fella!