Red Bull Racing Charge Back At Imola

Jarrod Partridge

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After a challenging opening day at Imola, Red Bull Racing have charged back in qualifying, and will be feeling confident of a race win after Sergio Perez qualified in second and Max Verstappen third.

Sergio Perez Eyeing Win

Despite not being on pole, Sergio Perez is arguably in the box seat, as he will start on the soft compound tyre, while pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton will start on the medium compound.

“What a massive result for us, knowing that I could win the race tomorrow is definitely a good feeling. There are a lot of positives to take out of today but I made a little mistake at the final turn, I was so close to pole. I can’t believe this is my first Red Bull start on the grid, as I started from the pit lane in Bahrain and it’s from the front of the grid! It just shows the amount of work we have put into this as a Team is paying off. Looking to the race tomorrow, Max and I are of course on different strategies, I am starting on the softs and Max is on the mediums so I think we have a good race ahead of us, especially as we’ve been able to apply the pressure to Mercedes.  It was a great result for us today but we can’t get too carried away, I know that there is a lot of work to be done and it’s important that we keep making good process,” said Perez.

Max Verstappen Disappointed With His Performance

Although he will start from P3, Max Verstappen felt disappointed with his performance, knowing that running wide cost him lap time and compromised his best finishing position.

“It was not a clean lap in Q3. I made some mistakes and when you go off on a qualifying lap it is never going to be good. The first sector of the first lap wasn’t good in the wake of another car so I knew there was a lot of time there and I pushed a bit more on the second lap but I ran wide on the exit of Turn 3 and cut the grass a bit which wasn’t very lovely for the lap time. Sometimes these things happen and you can’t do a perfect or near perfect lap all the time. There are always things you can do better even when you say it’s a perfect lap but today was far from that. I shocked myself that I had a lap like that as it’s been a long time since I felt this way after qualifying. Checo did a great job so congratulations to him. We have a good race car and tomorrow is where you score points. There are a lot of factors involved in the race like the weather and the start but for the Team it’s always good to have two cars up there, so I hope me and  Checo can make it more difficult for Mercedes to decide on a strategy,” added Verstappen.

Red Bull Secure Best Qualifying Result In Italy Since 2013

After suffering frustration week in week out with first Pierre Gasly then Alex Albon not being able to support Max Verstappen in the fight with Mercedes, team boss Christian Horner was delighted to see his team secure their best qualifying result in Italy since 2013.

It was a great Team performance today with our best qualifying result in Italy since 2013. Sergio did a fantastic job in just his second qualifying session for us and it was a shame for Max who made an uncharacteristic mistake at Turn 3 on his final run in Q3. It’s incredibly satisfying to see both drivers up there and in with a shot at pole, especially in a nail-biting session where the top three were separated by less than a tenth. Sergio is really finding his feet and today marks his best F1 starting grid position. With minimal seat time he’s doing a great job and settling into the Team very well. We’re in a good position and with both drivers on alternative strategies, we’ve got a few options which we’ll work on this evening to bring home the best possible result tomorrow. It should make for an exciting Grand Prix," concluded Horner.

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