Daniel Ricciardo: “I think seventh is respectable”

The Infiniti Red Bull Racing duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat had two very different qualifying sessions in Bahrain for Sunday’s Grand Prix, with the Australian qualifying seventh and the Russian seventeenth.

Ricciardo had a pretty strong qualifying session, ending up seventh fastest, and was happy with his evening’s work. He hopes to be able to stick with the Williams duo ahead of him in the race on Sunday and score a good haul of points for the team.

“It was pretty good today, I think seventh is respectable for where we are, so we’re looking alright for tomorrow,” said Ricciardo. “I was really happy with my first sector, it felt strong, I lost a little in the second sector, but in general I’m happy with how quali went.

“The start is going to be important and I believe we can have a good one. It’s important to stay with the Williams and within DRS and striking range.”

Team-mate Kvyat was less fortunate, ending a bad day all round following his free practice spin in the afternoon with a first session elimination in qualifying. The young Russian was unsure on the reasons why he qualified seventeenth, but will try his best on Sunday to get the best result he can.

“I’m not sure what was going on, it was a strange session for me,” said Kvyat. “The team will investigate why I am so far down the order so we can understand.

“Everything can turn around very quickly. I’ll stay motivated and try my best.”