Infiniti Red Bull Racing quotes on Bahrain qualifying

Vettel starts from front row, and Webber have to go two positions behind his result following his penalty from Chinese GP

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 2nd, (3rd Practice – P2, 1:33.348)

The top three qualifiers in Parc Ferme: Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, third; Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1, pole position; Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, second
The top three qualifiers in Parc Ferme: Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, third; Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1, pole position; Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, second

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“I’m not disappointed with that. Well done to Nico, it was a strong lap and it was all his today. When I crossed the line I saw I was second on the screen and didn’t know how much I was missing to pole as the lap was fine. When I got told the gap to P1, it was clear that even with a perfect lap he was unbeatable today, but nevertheless I’m very happy. We managed to save some tyres throughout qualifying and it will be about tyre degradation tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens. It’s good to start from the front.”

Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: 5th, (3rd Practice – P3, 1:33.380)

Mark will start 7th following his penalty from the Chinese Grand Prix

“I would have like to have got a bit more out of the car in that session and been a bit further up, but seventh with a penalty isn’t the end of the world. We have a different tyre strategy to some of the others and it’s a long grand prix, so let’s see how we go. I’m proud to be starting my 200th grand prix tomorrow. When I was a youngster arriving in Formula One, I never thought I would be in the sport for so long. I have had some incredible highs and some tough lows, but that’s top line sport. I have learned a huge amount during that time, about myself and life in general, and the drive is still very strong for the sport; I still enjoy it a lot. It’s another number, but it would be good to get a good result to mark it.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER: “That was a very tightly contested qualifying session. We stuck to a plan we formulated before qualifying, using one set of the soft tyres in each of the sessions. Sebastian did a super job to qualify on the front row alongside Nico Rosberg. Mark, despite his three place penalty, will line up in seventh place and with the way you can overtake at this track he’ll be able to make progress from there. So, a very solid qualifying and one we can hopefully build on in the race tomorrow. Well done to Nico for getting pole today.”

(Renault) THIERRY SALVI: “Bahrain presents some unique challenges for the engine, with very hot ambient temperatures and low humidity. This can be tricky for the cooling systems and is something we need to monitor closely to ensure it doesn’t become a problem. Equally the lack of running here throughout the year makes the track conditions very slippery, so we tweak the engine maps to give improved grip. All in all it’s a positive result today and gives us a lot of options on strategy tomorrow.”

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Nico Rosberg , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari , Red Bull Racing , Mercedes
Article type Qualifying report
Tags bahrain, horner, red bull, vettel, webber