Daniel Ricciardo completed 2nd, even though Kevin Magnussen was 4th
By: Adam Cooper on March 15, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Daniel Ricciardo completed second in Australian GP qualifying on Saturday. Rookie Kevin Magnussen finished 4th.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing newcomer Daniel Ricciardo delighted followers and media at the Australian Grand Prix by securing a gorgeous 2nd place on the grid for his 1st race with the staff.
The nearby Formula One particular hero was rapid all through the at first dry and then wet session, and in the end lost out only to race favourite Lewis Hamilton, who crossed the line just seconds right after he did.
“Definitely the weather additional to the mix and the whole session went nicely,” mentioned Ricciardo. “Not everybody was out with choice [tires] at the beginning, but Q1 looked like it was going Okay for us. And then when the rain fell, as Lewis [Hamilton] stated, it really is the 1st time we have all driven these autos on the restrict in wet problems. It was difficult but at the same time, of program, a good deal of exciting. It was great to be constantly up there. The engineer was on the radio saying ‘pace is great, P1, P2, P3,’; it was constantly in that battle for the pole place. So definitely a really nice qualifying session with the staff.
“The automobile was rather great to drive in the wet. I believe at the commence of the 12 months, we have been all fearing how tough these new animals would be in wet circumstances. It is always a bit of a handful, but at the very same time it was very great behind the wheel. Controlling the turbo and all that on-throttle was good enjoyable. I am fairly thrilled. I heard all the crowd on the cool-down lap, so all I can say is hopefully I will hear that tomorrow.”
Ricciardo admitted that the race will be a bit of a stage into the unknown for his group.
“Fuel is possibly the query mark for a great deal of teams. We even now haven’;t carried out a race distance yet, so every lap we do in the race, we’;re going to realize much more and more, and how we’;re searching. I believe behind the wheel not also much will alter, I will just maintain acquiring data from the pit wall.
“You know there is different modes and every thing to manage [fuel] consumption on the steering wheel, and I will just act accordingly. I believe tire degradation possibly will not be as well undesirable, I think, generally with the rain now, so the washing off and creating the track a bit green -– as we contact it — will almost certainly be quite sort to the rears. I never believe tire [degradation] will be a massive situation tomorrow.”
Rookie Magnussen impresses with 4th
McLaren-Mercedes protégé Kevin Magnussen took a fantastic 4th area in his first-ever F1 qualifying session in Australia, emphasizing that he could be a key force from the begin of his career.
The Dane survived a scare when he was investigated for speeding below yellow flags, but the FIA took no action.
“I’;m happy,” he mentioned. “This qualifying was tough situations, not just the weather but just in terms of me doing my 1st qualifying on tires that I’;ve by no means, ever run. So tricky, and I’;m satisfied to get out of it in 4th position. I don’;t believe I could have asked for significantly far more. Tomorrow’;s points, which is what we’;re right here for.
“I’;m massively seeking forward to it. My initial race in F1, I’;m right here, on the second row, with the group I’;ve dreamed of racing for my entire existence. This is remarkable and I cannot wait.
“Everything is going to be a huge challenge. The good thing is the automobile is in fact extremely excellent, and no shock. Just go out and get pleasure from it. The group has accomplished a great task in preparing me for this, I have had 5 days in an F1 car in my life, 6 days maybe, and I am right here in my very first race with a prime staff on the 2nd row of the grid.
“I did not come here with numerous expectations, I came right here really just wanting to do my greatest and see in which that would consider me. I know what I can do. Tricky circumstances, so you have to be mindful in expecting as well a lot. It truly is important just to go out and appreciate it and do the ideal you can, and see exactly where it requires you.”
Asked how he might feel on the grid, he mentioned, “I’;ve no thought, I have never ever experimented with it, so we’;ll see … ”
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