Red Bull: Most important thing is that Dany is alright
Red Bull report from qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Daniil Ricciardo: “Firstly, the most important thing is that Dany is okay. I haven’t seen a replay; I only saw the car when I passed it but the team was on the radio to let me know he was fine. As for today’s session, in general it went reasonably well. I don’t think seventh shows how happy I was with the car, because I thought we were on for a top five, but we’re still in a good place for tomorrow. We’re also in a good place for tyre wear, so we’ll see what happens. Strategy is open for the race, it’s possible to do one stop but two stops will probably be the trend.”
Daniil Kvyat: “I’ve never rolled a racing car before and they say there’s a first time for everything. I’m feeling more disappointment than pain. I put two wheels on the grass and there was not much run off area at that point so it put me straight into the wall. I was pushing hard after a messy FP3 and this is the consequence of going over the limit. The car looks really bad and I’m sorry for the guys who have already had a tough couple of weeks and now they have even more work to do. Where would I have finished? I don’t know, but it should have been looking better than P10, because the car felt good in the fast sections, even though we lack the speed in a straight line. Tomorrow, we will try our best as usual.”
Christian Horner: “The most important thing today is that Dany is alright after what was a very big accident in Q3. It’s a testament to the strength of these cars and shows why safety is always our priority in this sport. Clearly, we will have a very long night producing a car for him to race tomorrow. He will have to start from pit lane and has nothing to lose so he will be running an aggressive race. As for Daniel, he was looking strong, but his final quick lap was affected by the red flag. He starts from the clean side of the track tomorrow, which is important at this circuit and there’s no reason why he can’t aim for a good points finish from the fourth row of the grid. In common with all the teams, we had a busy morning session, trying to cram in all the dry weather work into a single hour after yesterday’s rain.”