12 November


12 NOVEMBER 2016
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 4th , 1:11.485 (Practice 3 Ė P5 1:12.077)
ďI was just a little disappointed with my last lap, I was expecting someone to jump ahead of me so Kimi being in front wasnít a big surprise. It was an odd session, Q1 and Q2 felt good but then I wasnít very happy with the grip of the new set of tyres I got. We need to look into this as the rear felt slick in sector 2, we will analyse and hopefully figure out why. We have ended up very close to third position which realistically is the best we can do in dry conditions so todays result is still pretty good. We have split the Ferraris which means we will have a fun race on our hands tomorrow, especially if the weather changes. It was a bit of a shame the rain stayed away for qualifying. We had a few drops but not enough to make conditions swing in our favour, it is supposed to rain more tomorrow so letís look forward to that. With some wet track condition our level of grip compared to other cars should come up a bit. Long run pace looks good so after a strong start we can put on a good race. I will go out there tomorrow to perform the best I can and deliver the highest finish position possible for the team. I havenít paid much attention to the stories of Mercedes talking with Red Bull, Nikki was in our hospitality but he just likes our food and drinks, they are very good. He is Austrian so perhaps just wanted an Austrian drink.Ē

DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 6th, 1:11.540 (Practice 3 Ė P6 1:12.287)
ďI feel so-so about 6th place today. I felt we made progress from Q1-Q2 and then in Q3 I was little bit disappointed with my lap. Probably didnít get the balance right in myself. Itís a tough track and itís quite a short lap so if you make a mistake in one corner itís very hard to make up that time. I had a good first sector but was probably a little bit conservative, a couple of corners where I was trying to not make a mistake more than trying to gain some time. We knew qualy would be tight with Ferrari in dry conditions, and it is close and I think thatís what makes it a little frustrating, but Iíll learn from that and hopefully tomorrow we can have a good race. Itís fun when itís that close but not fun when you are the last of the bunch. The forecast has said all week that Sunday had the highest chance of rain, hopefully thatís true, just to spice things up a bit, and if so then weíll try and make it exciting for everyone else and give the fans an opportunity to see a good race. If it rains tomorrow itís going to be a lot of fun.Ē

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: ďA very tight qualifying to end up fourth and sixth. Looking at the grid positions for tomorrowís race thereís only a tenth and a half between third and sixth place today. Max unfortunately lost a little bit of time in the middle sector on his last lap when he was set for an improvement but hopefully, with chances of mixed weather conditions tomorrow, from those grid positions we can make good progress in the race.Ē
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