4th and 6th starts for Red Bull duo in Bahrain Grand Prix

Lynette Rowe
April 20, 2017

The Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo was fourth-fastest while the third row on the grid in Sunday's race will feature Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen in the second Red Bull.Verstappen, earlier, pushed Formula One frontrunners Ferrari and Mercedes off the top of the timesheets in final practice.

There was a big gap behind us so I thought, 'Why did he do that?' I had to stay in first gear all around the corner to make a gap to him and that basically ruined my qualifying lap, as I had cool tyres and a very bad exit out of that last corner and into my qualifying lap.

But Ricciardo liked what he saw from his vehicle in the early going before fading to finish fifth.

"It was a good outing for the aero department - we did a lot of data gathering in the first hour, which all went to plan, and that's important for the guys, even though for a driver it's not the most thrilling thing, as you're just trundling around really", Ricciardo said.

"I was at the tail end of the front pack and I could see everyone else in front of me".

"It became very quickly apparent that Daniel struggled to warm up the soft tyre compared to our competitors and dropped several places before recovering one against Massa".

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"We stopped Daniel under the safety auto but lost some time behind Lewis as he deliberately slowed in the pit lane for which he was later penalized".

Team boss Christian Horner put Ricciardo's difficulties down to problems getting the soft tyre up to temperature, and he said by the time the Australian switched back to the super-softs for his final stint, "fifth place was the best that we could achieve".

Q: You had a hard Friday but suddenly today things looked a lot better. "We probably learned a bit more about tires but nothing feels like it should have been half a second".

Slow pit stops for the Mercedes drivers under the safety vehicle resulted in Sebastian Vettel taking the lead using a similar strategy to Verstappen and the Red Bull driver believes he would have been in prime position to score a good result. They were sliding and looked like they were struggling more.

"Beyond that the tyre never really came good. It was a odd turn of events from the beginning of the race".

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