SPANISH GP – QUALIFYING
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 3, (Practice 3 – P5, 1:23.816)
“Firstly I’m really happy to be back in the top three on Saturday and will try and be back here tomorrow! I’m happy for both of us (Max and I) to be in front of the Ferraris, we are both on the second row, which is pretty awesome. It took a bit of time to come together, but in Q3 I knew I had one lap and knew I had the pace and where I could do it; it was about putting it all together – up until then I hadn’t, but Q3 is what counts and I did it, so I’m really happy.”
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 4, (Practice 3 – P4, 1:23.719)
“I enjoyed the qualifying, it was getting better with every lap. For me the target today was to enjoy myself and I had a good feeling in the car. I focused on what I had to do and it worked. I’m happy, I didn’t expect to adapt to the car so quickly. I didn’t expect to be on the second row, so it’s a positive feeling. We are close to a podium and hopefully we can keep our positions in tomorrow’s race.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER: “An amazing performance by both of our drivers today. It was a phenomenal final lap by Daniel Ricciardo, he only had one set of tyres in Q3 but he made the most of them and nailed the best lap of the weekend to line up third. Max Vertsappen, making his debut for the team this weekend, has proved to be the sensation that we know he is. He will line up alongside Daniel on the second row, in front of the Ferraris, which puts us in a great position for tomorrow’s Grand Prix.”
WISE HEAD, YOUNG SHOULDERS
He’s already edging towards a quarter century of grand prix starts, he’s scored 62 career championship points and he’s raced over 6,200km in F1, but despite that it’s easy to forget just how young Max Verstappen is. Today he’s 18 years, 7 months and 15 days old. That’s two years younger than the Nintendo 64 and three years younger than Justin Bieber! Just to make you feel even older, here’s what was happening in the year of Max’s birth – 1997.
February – Dolly the cloned sheep is revealed to the world in Roslin, Scotland.
May – In Britain, the Labour Party under Tony Blair sweeps to power with a landslide majority.
May – Jacques Villeneueve wins the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Olivier Panis and Jean Alesi.
June – An unknown author named J K Rowling sees her first novel, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, published in London.
July – The UK hands sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China.
August – Diana, Princess of Wales is killed in a car accident in Paris.
August – Tiger Woods wins his first major championship, the US Masters, at the age of 21.
December – The Spice Girls release their big screen debut Spiceworld: The Movie, starring Richard E Grant, Roger Moore, Elton John and Stephen Fry. It goes on to take more than $100m at the box office.
In music: number ones across the year include: Beetlebum by Blur, 2 Become 1 by the Spice Girls, Men in Black by Will Smith, The Drugs Don’t Work by The Verve, Candle in the Wind by Elton John and Barbie Girl by Aqua. In the Netherlands one of the year’s most successful singles was 11-year-old Jantje Smit’s ‘Ik zing dit lied voor jou alleen’ which translates as ‘I sing this song for you alone’, which spent seven weeks at number one
In movies: the big hits are James Cameron’s Titanic, Men in Black, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Air Force One, Good Will Hunting and Tomorrow Never Dies.
Elsewhere in popular culture: video games released in 1997 include Goldeneye, Tomb Raider II and the first Gran Turismo game.
There, bet that you makes you feel old!