20 OCTOBER 2018
US GP – QUALIFYING
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: P5 – 1:33.494* (Practice 3 – P6 1:34.910)
“It’s been a while since I’ve had a second row start, so I guess I can kind of thank Seb or the stewards for that extra grid position. Being on the second row puts me in the mix at the start, Turn 1 is wide and I’m sure there will be a bit going on. I’m just happy to have my nose there and then we just need to make it happen. Ferrari and Mercedes were really strong today and their qualifying pace has been pretty superior all season, but in the race we seem to be able to bring that back. If I can get track position at the start then I can maybe disrupt their tempo and have a good crack at a podium. We look pretty racy in the third sector, in the first and second we’re going to bleed a little but I’m gonna try and make something happen. It’s also probably going to be a little hotter tomorrow, which might help work the tyres a bit harder but I think if it’s cool then there isn’t too much difference between the ultrasoft and supersoft. Every year I’ve come here with Red Bull we’ve been in a shot of getting a podium, so hopefully we’ve got a good shot tomorrow and I can promise you now, if I’ve got an opportunity of a podium tomorrow, I’m not going to let it slip.”
(*Car 3 will start from 4th due to a grid penalty for car 5)
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: P15 – 1:34.766* (Practice 3 – P5 1:34.703)
“Unfortunately in Q1 I touched one of the larger kerbs pretty hard which resulted in a suspension failure. It is pretty frustrating as plenty of other cars, including myself had been doing this all weekend. It was bad luck for the failure to happen when it did. It shouldn’t be an issue tomorrow in the race as you usually don’t push the track limits as much as in qualifying. The plan is to clear as many cars as quickly as possible and be able to fight at the front. The longer it takes to get through the pack the further ahead the front runners get, so a quick start is important. I really like driving here, and last year I had fun fighting my way up from 16th so I can be excited for tomorrow’s race.”
(*Car 33 will start from 13th due to grid penalties for cars 10 and 28)
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “It’s great to see Daniel qualify on the second row of the grid, even if he had a little help from the stewards and I know he will put everything he’s got into bringing his car home in a podium position tomorrow. We are obviously incredibly disappointed not to have Max up at the sharp end with him, but those kerbs are pretty brutal out there and it looks like they took their toll on his rear suspension in Q1. As we saw here last year, Max enjoys coming through the field and giving the fans something to shout about so let’s hope for more of the same come the race.”
Texans are enormously proud of their state’s bounty and as such coined the phrase ‘everything’s bigger in Texas’, and while the saying might not be entirely true, there are definitely things the state does with grandiose style. Don’t believe us? Here are a handful of things that Texas does bigger’n anyone else.
1. World’s Largest Armadillo – Welding artist Marc Rankin’s 48-foot long (14.63 metre) armadillo, ‘Killer’, has been certified as the world’s largest. Weighing in at 4.5 tons Killer was a centrepiece exhibit at a Six Flags theme park’s ‘Best of Texas’ show in 2002. He’s now enjoying a relaxed retirement at Fall Creek Farms in the town of Granbury, Texas, near Fort Worth.
2. World’s largest cowboy boots – It would be weird if Texas didn’t possess a pair of enormous boots and a quick dig around the internet reveals it does indeed possess some righteously huge footwear. The outsize boots are located outside the North Star Mall in San Antonio and are now recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest cowboy boot sculpture at 35 feet 3 inches tall (10.7 metres). The boots were made by San Antonio resident and artist Bob Wade in 1979. The boots are so big they were able to house a country radio station, which broadcasted from inside them during the rodeo (well, of course).
3. World’s largest bat colony – Austin is famed for the 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that roost under the Ann W Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and which comprise of the largest urban bat colony in the world, but it’s nothing compared with Bracken Cave in southern Comal County, Texas near San Antonio. In the summer the crescent-shaped cave is home to an estimated 20 million free-tailed bats making it the largest colony of bats on the planet.
4. World’s largest pecan – In Seguin, Texas, a nut claims to be the World’s Largest Pecan. The giant nut that sits in front of the Seguin, TX, city hall and was erected in 1962, the pecan is five feet long and 2.5 feet wide (1.5 x 0.762m), and weighs approximately 1000 pounds. It was dedicated to Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish explorer who was held captive on the nearby Guadalupe River and survived on a diet of local pecans. The river was known then as the ‘River of Nuts’…. clearly nothing has changed.
5. Texas’ largest ranch – It’s not quite the largest in the world but the rather appropriately named King ranch reigns as the indisputable ruler of Texas ranches. Founded when in 1853 Irish-American riverboat captain and entrepreneur Richard King purchased a creek-fed oasis in the Wild Horse Desert of South Texas. Over time the holding grew into a behemoth and the King Ranch now covers 825,000 acres—more land than the entire state of Rhode Island.