2018 Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying – Red Bull Racing

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2018 Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying – Red Bull Racing

24 NOVEMBER 2018
ABU DHABI GP – QUALIFYING
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: P5 1:35.401 (Practice 3 – P6 1:38.090)
“Today was fast and fun, it was actually an enjoyable qualifying session. I thought I had Kimi for fourth but he just got me by half a tenth. I would be happier with fourth than fifth but we got through Q2 on the ultrasoft which was our target. There is a big step, maybe one second between the ultra and the hyper so we needed to do more or less the perfect lap on the ultra to make it through Q2. It was very close and I was in P10 but the team made the call to abort the lap and we just made it through. My first run in Q3 was good and we looked very close but both Mercedes and Ferrari improved. Fifth and sixth as a Team doesn’t look that special on paper but the gap is small and we are competitive. We have solid race pace and hopefully our degradation will be better than Ferrari and Mercedes and we can apply the pressure. I’ll be staring down the two Ferraris on the grid, they’re in my way of a podium at the moment so I’ll try and get in front of them as quickly as possible. All weekend our car has been strong, especially in the last sector, so the podium fight is on.”
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: P6 1:35.589 (Practice 3 – P4 1:37.747)
“I’m not overly happy with how qualifying went today. After the first run in Q3 I knew we needed to get the tyre temperatures down in order to improve the grip. We tried this for my final run but unfortunately they were still too high, this meant I aborted my flying lap as I was just sliding everywhere, especially in the final sector. The car balance wasn’t quite as good as it has been in previous qualifying sessions, I wasn’t able to get what I wanted out of the lap. Starting on hypersofts wasn’t the original plan but it could be interesting, being on a different compound to some of the others could prove helpful. Overtaking is a bit tricky around here, definitely not as straight forward as Brazil. It will take strategy and a bit of luck to be on top tomorrow. Our race pace once again looks good, so I’ll do my best to get on the podium.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal:
“It was a strong session for Daniel to get through Q2 on the ultrasoft compound in his last qualifying for us. Max unfortunately didn’t have a great run on his set of ultras, so resorted to the hypersoft in the final stages of Q2. That means we’re starting from the third row on two different compounds which strategically could make things interesting. As we moved into Q3 unfortunately we couldn’t compete with the high power modes of Ferrari and Mercedes, but Daniel produced a great lap to qualify fifth with Max just behind him in sixth. Our long run pace and tyre degradation has looked good all weekend, so we will definitely be in the fight tomorrow.”
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The new Aussie rules
The racing prowess, the peerless overtaking skills, that happy-go-lucky 1000 watt smile, the winning personality, the endless stream of fart gags – we’re going to miss you, Dan. In fact, we really won’t know what to do once Daniel has gone, as it’ll be the first time since 2006 that we haven’t had an Aussie behind the wheel. However, while it’s going to be a genuinely sad moment and we really are going to miss one of F1’s finest people (fart gags notwithstanding) every cloud does have a silver lining, and as we wiped away the tears we realised that not having an Aussie around the place might have a few hidden benefits…
1. We no longer have to feign deep interest in the fluctuating fortunes of the West Coast Eagles or the  Sydney Swans, the Adelaide Crows or any other avian team name, and we definitely do not need to have any grasp of what constitutes being at silly mid-on. Seriously, what is it with the bird-based team names?
2. We won’t have to run to dictionary corner every time in a ‘possible on air swearing’ panic when the driver drags out another arcane colloquialism and describes his mental state as being like “a drongo in a dunny full of dingos”. WTAF?
3. We might actually get to enjoy the Australian Grand Prix instead of the whole week being a bit like those scenes on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise when the screen wobbles and everybody runs from side to side waving their arms around and yelling.
4. We will never, ever… really, ever have to listen to Alexisisonfire again. Ever. I mean does anybody really need to hear a song called ‘Pulmonary Archery’ even once?
5. We won’t have to hide the sweets anymore. He might be as fit as a racing snake but he’s a demon for the Twixes.
2018-11-24T16:41:27+00:00November 24th, 2018|Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Formula One, Red Bull|