MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 5th*, 1:28.130 (Practice 3 – P8 1:29.904)
“It was a lonely qualifying for me and we ended up pretty much exactly where I expected. We were lacking the speed and therefore unable to get close to the Mercedes and Ferraris but the car still felt good so I had fun out there. Fifth was the best we could have done today and I achieved that. I’ll start tomorrow in fourth which of course is better but I never like to rely on penalties for other people to help, I wish I was there just on pace. We shall wait and see what the weather brings tomorrow, hopefully some rain as I think I have a better chance of challenging for a podium in the wet. At the beginning of Qualifying it looked like it could have been a nice chance to get up front but unfortunately the track dried out. I want to be realistic and not dream so I’m hoping my luck has changed and I can have a good, fun race tomorrow and bring the car home. I am not talking about podiums or winning for now. If something happens to the cars in front then we can challenge for a better result.”
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 20th** 1:42.966 (Practice 3 – P6 1:29.612)
“I’m not 100 percent sure what happened yet but it is a suspected turbo failure. I lost a bit of power down the straight and heard some weird turbo noises, I thought I could nurse it back to the pits but then it all switched off and we couldn’t save it for the session. I’m just disappointed not to show more of what we could do in qualifying as these conditions should have given us a bit more of an opportunity. We were quick straight out of the box today and I was P1 before the failure, so we look pretty good on the intermediate tyre. Tomorrow is where the points are, we’ve got to work hard to get back in there but it is what it is. Mixed weather could hopefully help me out but I think in either these or dry conditions we can fight through the field and get inside the top ten.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “A frustrating qualifying for Daniel with what looks like suspected turbo failure, so he’ll be starting from the back of the grid together with his gearbox penalty, hopefully the race can only improve for him. Max drove a solid qualifying and I think P5 was always going to be the maximum today, which will become fourth on the grid with Bottas’ penalty. Hopefully we can make the most of any opportunity, which includes some potential wet weather conditions, and be competitive in the race from there.”
*Due to penalty to Car 77, Car 33 will start the grand prix in P4
**Due to penalty to Car 14, Car 3 will start the grand prix in P19
Luck of the Draw
Everyone likes to say there’s no such thing as luck in F1 and that outcomes are the result of deep research, intense analysis and careful strategising. As our new quiz reveals that’s a complete load of old rubbish. We present our team personnel with a set of 50 questions, the order of which shifts with each race, they choose 10 and have to answer them, no matter what. Tough, easy, personal and just plain weird, what they get is down to the luck of the draw. This race’s lucky dipper is the man who runs the Energy Station, Catering and Hospitality Manager Christian Kolleritsch.
1. If you could have any other job in the world what would it be?
Actually I don’t want any other job. I’m happy with the job I have, because I’m really happy that with Red Bull I have the chance to work in motorsport. I started with motorsport as an amateur athlete, I love motorsport, and the company gives me the chance to stay in this environment. I really cannot imagine a better job. I started out as a motocross rider. I didn’t do big things, but I won a few small championships, like the north Italian. My best years were in the late ‘80s and I took it up again in the late ‘90s. I’m still riding. I do some veteran championships now. I won the Italian veteran race last year. It’s only a few times a year but I still love it and the spirit is still there.
2. What three things do you most need on a race weekend?
All my colleagues, the trust of the team and the vision to try, each race, to improve and deliver good service.
3. What has been your worst race weekend?
I don’t think there has been a worst. The hardest, for sure, is Monaco, but it’s also the best, because it’s a huge event, there’s a lot of logistics behind it, there are a huge number of events happening over the weekend and lot of stuff I have to co-ordinate. Alongside my colleagues there is a lot of preparation to make sure that everything works well.
4. What’s the thing you most love about Formula One?
It’s the whole package. If you see how many people work on this concept, how many tiny things makes a difference, how many tough problems you have to solve, all of things together make Formula One special. It’s only when you work in this full package do you understand what it means, this Formula One world, which is so different to everything else I’ve seen in my past.
5. What’s your favourite word?
Happiness. I think happiness shows that you’re fine with everything around you. This explains to me that you are on the right path; that you are positive, and only if you are positive can you stay motivated. Then maybe you can be a person who is lucky to find the power to keep going each day with new ideas, positive thinking and the motivation with your colleagues to try to give your best, to improve and to be hard and be fast.
6. What’s the trait in yourself that you dislike the most?
That I can’t let things go. My character is that when I’m working and I have a matter that needs sorting out, I need to get it sorted. I can’t say: “yeah, yeah, we will do it” and take my time. I cannot get it off my mind until I have a solution. I’m really picky and I don’t like that about myself. I should trust a bit more to my excellent colleagues. I should trust that things work out OK without me always being involved. It annoys me because even if I have a free day I keep thinking about things and working at them.
7. Who was the last person to call you on your cell phone?
My assistant Vanda Borsos. It was regarding timing and schedules and whether everything is coordinated between guest arrivals and kitchen and so on.
8. If you could learn a new skill overnight what would it be?
I think that goes back to question six: to delegate!
9. What’s the worst job you’ve ever done?
Washing plates, cleaning apartments, in a period where I had no money. It was in 1988 and I went on my own to Ibiza, without speaking the language, knowing nobody, with no money in my pocket. I went for 10 days to see what happened. I came back after two years. I was working in bars etc. I was living with the gypsies, as I had no money for an apartment. I then got a job as a waiter for €30 a day. I had two pairs of pants and two shirts and I had to wash a pair every day for work the following day. It was crazy but it taught me some big lessons. I learned from that time that every single person in a team, whether they are dishwasher or a toilet cleaner, is a very important part of the group. I did those jobs; I know how important they are.
10. What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?
It’s easy in the end: believe in yourself, trust in what you love, try to be constant and don’t forget that you alone can do nothing. In work, you need every person with you to make the whole thing happen.