Chinese GP: Red Bull Saturday qualifying notes

Comments from the Red Bull team after qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix David Coulthard: "The conditions weren't too bad to be honest. It was quite wet at the beginning of the second session, so I went out on a full set of wets to check...

Comments from the Red Bull team after qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix

David Coulthard:

"The conditions weren't too bad to be honest. It was quite wet at the beginning of the second session, so I went out on a full set of wets to check what the time loss might be. We then got in a spot of bother but, as with all these situations, it wasn't due to just one thing. The first problem was that the count down in the car stopped working. I didn't have a pit board so couldn't work out where I was relative to the end of the session."

"There was also a radio problem, so when I was asking for the information I wasn't able to get it. By the time I did come in, there wasn't enough time to change the tyres and go back out. With the benefit of hindsight, all I needed to do was stay out, run round and I would have been quick enough to go through. Obviously I was wanting to get the maximum lap time possible and that caught us out."

Robert Doornbos:

"That was good. It's good for us when it rains, as it mixes up the grid a bit and the gap to the top teams gets a bit closer. And we did it. It's exciting to get through to the third session and it's good to know I'm going to wake up tomorrow and go racing."

"It's the first time I've run under the new qualifying format and it's definitely preferable to last year's when it was just one lap, it's more exciting for everyone to watch. I think we can do well tomorrow. The weather forecast isn't so good, which can be a help to us and maybe give us a good result."

Christian Horner, Sporting director:

"To finish tenth and twelfth on a track that favoured Michelin runners is disappointing. We had the potential to be better. David was unfortunate because he clearly had the pace to make the top ten but, unfortunately, due to a communication problem, wasn't on the track at the right time."

"Robert did a good job to reach the top ten in his first qualifying session for the team. We're not too far from the points scoring positions and that's where we'll be pushing to be tomorrow."

David Coulthard
Qualifying Position: 12th
Best Time: 1:45.931
Chassis Number: 3

Robert Doornbos
Qualifying Position: 10th
Best Time: 1:45.747
Chassis Number: 5

-credit: red bull

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Robert Doornbos