“Lonely qualifying” for Verstappen

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Room

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 15, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Red Bull Racing driver qualifies in 5th at British GP; Ricciardo has technical issue.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton took his fifth British Grand Prix pole position on Saturday, after beating Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen by half a second in qualifying at Silverstone.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was third, ahead of Valtteri Bottas who had a big lock-up on his final Q3 run. The Finn will drop five grid places for an unscheduled gearbox change.

Verstappen was fifth, but his Red Bull Racing teammate Ricciardo – already carrying the same penalty as Bottas – will start from the back after a suspected turbo failure in Q1.

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 15, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 5th*, 1:28.130 (Practice 3 – P8 1:29.904)
“It was a lonely qualifying for me and we ended up pretty much exactly where I expected. We were lacking the speed and therefore unable to get close to the Mercedes and Ferraris but the car still felt good so I had fun out there. Fifth was the best we could have done today and I achieved that. I’ll start tomorrow in fourth which of course is better but I never like to rely on penalties for other people to help, I wish I was there just on pace. We shall wait and see what the weather brings tomorrow, hopefully some rain as I think I have a better chance of challenging for a podium in the wet. At the beginning of Qualifying it looked like it could have been a nice chance to get up front but unfortunately the track dried out. I want to be realistic and not dream so I’m hoping my luck has changed and I can have a good, fun race tomorrow and bring the car home. I am not talking about podiums or winning for now. If something happens to the cars in front then we can challenge for a better result.”

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing looks on in the garage during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 15, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 20th** 1:42.966 (Practice 3 – P6 1:29.612)
“I’m not 100 percent sure what happened yet but it is a suspected turbo failure. I lost a bit of power down the straight and heard some weird turbo noises, I thought I could nurse it back to the pits but then it all switched off and we couldn’t save it for the session. I’m just disappointed not to show more of what we could do in qualifying as these conditions should have given us a bit more of an opportunity. We were quick straight out of the box today and I was P1 before the failure, so we look pretty good on the intermediate tyre. Tomorrow is where the points are, we’ve got to work hard to get back in there but it is what it is. Mixed weather could hopefully help me out but I think in either these or dry conditions we can fight through the field and get inside the top ten.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal:
“A frustrating qualifying for Daniel with what looks like suspected turbo failure, so he’ll be starting from the back of the grid together with his gearbox penalty, hopefully the race can only improve for him. Max drove a solid qualifying and I think P5 was always going to be the maximum today, which will become fourth on the grid with Bottas’ penalty. Hopefully we can make the most of any opportunity, which includes some potential wet weather conditions, and be competitive in the race from there.”

*Due to penalty to Car 77, Car 33 will start the grand prix in P4

**Due to penalty to Car 14, Car 3 will start the grand prix in P19

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Carlos Sainz of Scuderia Toro Rosso and Spain during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 15, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Daniil Kvyat of Scuderia Toro Rosso and Russia during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 15, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

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