Red Bull team principal Christian Horner hailed Daniel Ricciardo’s performance in his first qualifying session for the team.
“It was unbelievable for Dan today,” said Horner after his driver qualified on the front row for his home race.
“He’s been so relaxed all weekend. He was on fire though all three qualifying sessions and all credit to him starting his home race and his debut race for us on the front row of the grid.”
Ricciardo, who achieved the best qualifying result of his F1 career with second, said the result exceeded the teams’ expectations ahead of the weekend.
“I’m happy for us to have a front row start – it wasn’t looking like this a few weeks ago, so I’m pretty pleased right now,” he said.
“Q1 looked like it was going okay for us and then, when the rain fell, it’s the first time we’ve driven these cars on the limit in wet conditions,” Ricciardo explained.
“It was tricky, but at the same time a lot of fun and it was nice to always be up there. The engineer was always on the radio saying the pace was good and that we were P1, P2, P3 and in the battle for the pole position, so it was definitely a really nice first qualifying session with the team.
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