Daniel Ricciardo encouraged, partly frustrated, at pace during F1 qualifying

09 April, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Alyssa Little
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"We were decent yesterday", Daniel Ricciardo said after qualifying fifth, which will become fourth with Hamilton's penalty.

Max Verstappen says his crash during qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix was caused by a surge of 150 horsepower when he didn't expect it.

"But it was like an off and on switch".

"More or less 150 horsepower extra kicked in and it overslipped the rear tires and made me spin".

"I didn't anticipate it at all".

There was however a splash of colour and fashion - as there always is with Hamilton - as he wore a checked shirt over his team gear, and a pair of stylish sunglasses.

"The damage is fairly superficial", Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told Sky Sports F1 "It's not damaged the chassis at all".

"Although we were untroubled by any reliability issues, and we ran through our programme as expected, it wasn't our best day from a performance point of view", said Mercedes technical head James Allison.

"Unfortunately the rears just got away from him".

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That is followed by another significant straight to Turn 4, which has seen plenty of action in the past as cars often make use of the wide exit to run side-by-side.

"It was a mistake but he will have the chance to bounce back from it".

"It is just racing", Horner added. "That lap was never going to be a quicker lap, it was purely about giving the engine the opportunity to learn the optimum settings".

"It's been a normal Friday, we've got through all our programme".

Overtaking - or the lack of it - was on the agenda after the Australian Grand Prix, with Albert Park once again proving to be a notoriously hard track to pass on with the current generation of vehicle.

Bahrain is certainly a much better circuit for overtaking on than Melbourne's Albert Park Circuit.

The Australian was the only representative for the Anglo-Austrian team at the front of the grid after teammate Max Verstappen crashed out in Q1 and will start only 15th as a result. "I think anyway up to P5 should be alright".

If the layout of the Bahrain International Circuit wasn't enough to encourage overtaking on its own, the DRS zone on the pit straight has been extended by 100 metres to give the following auto an even better chance of making a move on the approach to the first corner.

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