Absolutely wet qualifying brought 1st and 3rd row for Infiniti Red Bull Racing
In Q3 Vettel got 2nd place with 1:59.486, and Ricciardo ended last session with 2:00.541.
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 5th “When it rains here, it definitely pours and the weather was our biggest challenge today. Finding space on the track can be tough and the visibility is so bad, the spray comes from hundreds of metres away so just getting some clean road is something you really have to try and take care of. I was a bit off in Q3, so I’ve got to try and understand why, but nonetheless I think top five is not too bad, considering the conditions. I think we’ve definitely got a better chance in the wet. Mercedes were really quick this morning in the dry, so it would be good if it’s like this tomorrow. Sebastian had quite a big gap to me, so I’ve got to see where I can improve really as his pace was really good and close to pole.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER: “An exciting session today that wet weather in Malaysia always brings and a great performance from both drivers to navigate their way through to Q3. Both drivers potentially had better laps in them had it not been for traffic in what was always going to be a slightly scrappy session, but to have Sebastian on the front row and Daniel in P5 was beyond our expectation and a great starting position for tomorrow’s grand prix.”
THIERRY SALVI: “A strong result from the team in difficult conditions. We’re learning a lot with this new power unit, even more in these wet conditions. Both drivers had a lot of work managing with the engine and the battery. It was a very busy qualy for both. We had a bit of a scare when Seb had a battery problem in Q1 but we were able to fix it during the session. Seb did a very good job based on the fact that it was his first proper wet running this year. Again, another good performance from Daniel who is adapting to the new Power Units extremely well.
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