Alonso’s spin at turn-9 cost viewers the opportunity to see an exciting conclusion to a long-winded yet engaging qualifying session.
The spin might have also cost Red Bull a rare pole position, at least, that’s the way Daniel Ricciardo see’s it. At least the Aussie out-qualified the young Max Verstappen, a small consolation for another potential opportunity missed…
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“I think we would have got close on the last run with the yellow. It sounded like Lewis was improving. I did a 20.2 and I think I was 3.5 tenths up on my time, so I think it would have been very close to the time Nico set.
So I was pretty frustrated on the radio but anyway, it is what it is. We made some ground today over yesterday, which is nice, as normally Mercedes in qualifying, if they don’t hold the gap, they normally increase it.
I did a long run this morning which was more comfortable than yesterday, so signs are we should be more competitive than yesterday. We will give it a good crack. I was pretty angry on the last lap as I was up a bit and I think it would have put me close to pole – I am a little bit disappointed.”
– Daniel Ricciardo
Toto Wolff is ever-aware of the threat that Red Bull pose this weekend and was somewhat “relieved” that the session ended the way it did. The Mercedes boss added,
“First of all we were nearly out in Q1, then nearly out in Q2, so to then finish P1 and P2 is very good. There’s more you can do wrong than right, so I’m happy how it ended up. And looking at Ricciardo’s pace, he could have been on pole.
For Lewis, that was just an unlucky circumstance with [Fernando] Alonso spinning out. You can’t really change that.”
– Toto Wolff
For race day tomorrow, Wolff might wish he’d howled less about Ricciardo’s potential today. I still think the Honey-badger can win the race from 3rd and be a silver-lining in a season dominated by Silver Arrows.