30 July


GERMAN GP Ė QUALIFYING


30 JULY 2016
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 3rd, 1:14.726 (Practice 3 Ė P3, 1:15.837)
ďIn Q3 I knew I had to find some more time and I put a really good lap together in the first run. Then I knew there wasnít much more for the second run so I probably tried a little bit too hard and made a few mistakes, but in the end it was a nice qualifying. Third is a good place to start. Hopefully we can look at Mercedes tomorrow and have a good battle with them and not focus on whatís happening behind us. The feeling in the team is very good at the moment. In the last three races now both Red Bulls have been in front of Ferrari and it seems like weíre getting a little bit closer to Mercedes. Everyone in the team is happy and itís nice standing here knowing that Iím in the top three. Tomorrow I think weíll have a good chance. The long runs yesterday looked a bit better than they did in Budapest so letís see. Iíll start the race on slightly older tyres because I had to do two laps in Q2, which means they are not as fresh for the start but itíll be fine. Iíll go hard and hopefully get in front and at least lead some of the race. If I canít lead the last lap then Iíll try and lead some and be on TV. Whoo!Ē


MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 4th, 1:14.834 (Practice 3 Ė P6 1:16.182)
ďIím feeling really good, it was a smooth qualifying. Q3 was strong, it was just a bit of a shame about my last sector where I washed out and lost a few tenths. Itís quite tough to get the tyres in the right window but we still managed a good time. The main target is to be in front of the Ferraris and that is what we have done. That said, we know they will be quick in the race as we saw last week. Mercedes look pretty strong but we are not that far away so I think we can be very happy with that. Itís my first time here in a Formula 1 car and not an easy track to learn so Iím really pleased with today. We can both be satisfied to be on the second row as this track wasnít expected to be the best for us. Race pace is looking very good for the moment. We definitely want to be challenging for a podium tomorrow, I think a win might be difficult though.Ē

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: ďFor the third qualifying in succession thatís a second row lockout for the team. A strong performance by both the drivers and we are actually closer to Mercedes than we thought, but they were ultimately out of reach. It puts us in a very good position for tomorrowís race.Ē

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