AUSTRIAN GP – QUALIFYING
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 7th*, 1:09.980 (Practice 3 – P4 1:07.639)

“It was quite fun coming into Q3 knowing that it was going to be wet and I like it when you have to adapt quite quickly. We got out on the intermediates and started with a pretty good pace and I was happy, but I knew it was going to dry by the end of the session and the slick tyres were going to be better. In hindsight I would have liked to have come in a bit earlier and at least had two laps on the slick tyre so that’s probably where we missed out in getting those extra few positions. I think I’ll start fifth now from some of the penalties, which is alright and we did well in Q2. We got through on the super softs so that hopefully pays dividends tomorrow and we can be closer to our rivals.”

*Starting grid position to be determined following Stewards’ ruling.

 

MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 9th*, 1:11.153 (Practice 3 – P7, 1:07.761)

The conditions today meant we had to switch from dry to wet and then back to dry, which made it interesting. We were out too early and of course everyone goes faster at the end of the session. I passed the line with 50 seconds to go which meant everyone had time on a drier track. It’s difficult to say where we would have been. The pace was good, but we start too far back. We made a good call with the tyres in Q2 so we start on super softs tomorrow so we shall see how we go. I said about the kerbs causing problems yesterday and I think my point was proven again today. Daniil had quite a big crash due to them early on.  Not many people agreed with me yesterday but I think they could find out for themselves.”

*Starting grid position to be determined following Stewards’ ruling.

 

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “Variable conditions in Q3 made for a very exciting finish to today’s qualifying, but creates a situation where you are never certain of your final position, with hindsight it would have been better to allow for two laps on slick tyres. With that in mind, we don’t feel our positions on the grid for tomorrow’s grand prix reflect our real ability this year at the Red Bull Ring. We started on the intermediates but in the knowledge that we would need to change but not knowing when. In conclusion, after a positive Q2, we will hope to better capitalise on the expected changeable conditions tomorrow and both drivers are itching to put in a good performance in front of the Austrian crowd at our home race.”

 

Ends

 

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Road and Track

 

We ask some of the people who make our team tick to pick out their favourite moment and machines in motor sport and one the road. This time out it is Max’s Number Two Mechanic Ole Schack

 

  1. What was the first race you ever attended?

My first F1 race was in 2000, the Belgian GP at Spa. I went with four friends from Denmark. I stood with my nose glued to the fencing, thinking, “How on earth do I get in there?” At the time I was working in Formula Renault in Denmark. My very first motor race? I think it was washing wheels for my old boss, because he had a Formula Ford. It was at the world famous Jyllands-Ringen in Denmark. Must have been about 1992 or ’93.

 

  1. What’s the most beautiful road car ever made?

The Aston Martin DB5 is a nice car. Otherwise, some of the older Alfa Romeos are really beautiful as well. I can never remember the names of them, though.

 

  1. What’s the most beautiful race car ever made?

I love the shape of F3 cars from around 2005. They’re quite small but all the right details are there in all the right places.

 

  1. What was the first road car you owned and was it any good?

In Denmark you can only drive from when you’re 18 but when I was 16 I bought a 1978 Opel Ascona. I spent two years getting it ready for the day I got my licence. As a mechanic it taught me good skills. It was not massively powerful, as in Denmark they’re pretty strict on that kind of thing, but it was a bit lowered and had a bit of tinting.

 

  1. What car do you own now and why did you buy it?

Cars in the UK are so much cheaper than in Denmark, but for the first 10 years of my life in the UK I had rubbish cars from auctions. However, last year I decided it was time to have a nice car, so I bought an Audi RS4. It’s 10 years old but it’s such a nice car. It’s a 4.2 litre V8, so it’s fun to drive.

 

  1. When you were first getting into motorsport who were you a fan of?

I always liked a big Swede called Ronnie Peterson. I don’t know why. Motorsport wasn’t that big in Denmark when I was growing up. Obviously you had Senna, Prost, Mansell but probably being Scandinavian made me like Peterson. It was before my time but there was just something about him. They were big boys in those days; they could really wrestle those cars around.