28 May 2016
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: POLE POSITION, (Practice 3 Ė P4, 1:14.807)
ďIím happy! I put it together when I needed to. Qualifying just built up and built up and I found the rhythm, and then that first run in Q3 was the one I needed to do. I feel Iíve been qualifying very well all year, and itís cool to get my first pole in Formula One, this place more than any is a great place to get it at. Hopefully tomorrow we can convert it to the win, thatís the plan. Itís the first pole for the team in a while too, itís a very good feeling. Coming into the weekend I believed I could be here today and itís nice to match that belief. The lap felt good. I knew once Iíd done it, it would be hard to beat because we were competitive with Mercedes and I hadnít yet put together the best lap.
It was a pretty good lap on the supersofts in Q2 so we start on those tomorrow, it should give us a bit more option in the race when to pit. It seemed like a bit of a freebie for us if we could do it and make it work, so why not. Sitting here now it looks good, weíll see tomorrow what happens but I think it should hopefully give us a bit more flexibility. Today the job was pole, Iíve done that so letís see what happens tomorrow, Iíve done what I can so far.Ē
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 21st, (Practice 3 Ė P5, 1:15.081)
"Itís of course not the way you want to start for tomorrow, I turned in a bit too early, clipped the inside wall, broke the inside suspension and then couldnít turn anymore. I felt quite good, in my first push lap I felt more confident than all the other laps and also in terms of car balance it was better, because my second sector was nearly two to three tenths faster than I ever did. It was all coming together but then into the chicane, maybe I underestimated the grip I had and turned in a bit too early. Hopefully the weather will help a bit tomorrow but if you start 21st it will be very difficult. These things unfortunately happen and you have to learn from it and continue.
Hopefully there will be a lot of action tomorrow, not only from me but from others. It will be very tough but I wonít give up. The car is great, we just have to find a way to get past the people in front. It will depend a lot on the strategy, what other people do of course and the weather, so hopefully we have some luck tomorrow. Congratulations to Daniel on a great lap and his first pole, itís great for the team.Ē
CHRISTIAN HORNER: ďFantastic and thrilling to secure our first pole position since 2013, and especially delighted for Daniel in claiming his maiden pole today. Daniel drove a sensational lap and the team perfectly executed the strategy we set in briefing this morning. It sets us up nicely for the Grand Prix tomorrow and we hope we can capitilise on this sterling performance in qualifying.
Max has had a tough day. He just clipped the barrier on entry into the chicane and it ended the session for him. Itís unfortunate for us but just demonstrates the margins on the tight streets of Monte Carlo. Heís naturally disappointed but heís a level-headed guy and he will bounce back and be focused on getting the best out of tomorrowís race.Ē