30 October


29 OCTOBER 2016
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 3rd, 1:19.054 (Practice 3 P1 1:19.137)
I am very pleased with the way qualifying went, we have put ourselves on the second row again which means we are in an ideal position to fight from the start. All weekend we have had a good car. We are still just a little down on top speed which makes it hard to compete with the Mercedes in qualifying, but we are still pretty close so that is a good achievement. My Q2 lap was really good and felt quick but I just couldnt find the same grip levels in Q3 which meant I was slightly slower. I struggled in sector one which is usually my best sector, that shows how the grip can change in a matter of minutes. Its still a hard lap out there, everyone is in the same position and has to adapt to the slippery conditions. Its fun, but a different kind of fun. At some tracks you can have a perfect lap but here it is so hard. It is a long run into Turn 1 and we start on the supersoft compound so our chances of making progress straight away is high. Race pace looked strong which means we are looking forward to tomorrow.

DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 4th, 1:19.133 (Practice 3 P3 1:19.370)
I think the fight was there but to be honest, my last lap was terrible. I was fighting it already out of Turn 1 and by Turn 6 I was nearly four tenths slower than my previous lap. We managed to recuperate some of that but looking at the gap to pole it was only four tenths so it could have been a lot better but it also could have been a lot worse. Its just like that with a new surface, its still very slippery here and its hard to find that happy medium. In that last run in Q3 we definitely lost some performance, particularly in the first half of the lap but were still on the second row so thats okay and Ill take that. Lets see what tomorrow brings. I think we can have a good race but to predict whats going to happen tomorrow after this qualifying is difficult.

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: An exciting qualifying and a great performance by both of our drivers to lock out the second row for the eighth time this season. We got mighty close to splitting the Mercedes with Nico just sneaking ahead of Max right at the end. In adopting a different strategy to the cars around us by starting on the supersoft tyres tomorrow it creates a strategically interesting race which should make for an exciting grand prix.

posted at 08:41:35 on 10/30/16 by webmaster - Category: races