Horner 'Hopeful' Red Bull Will Challenge Ferrari and Mercedes in Spain


"I knew we were getting very close to getting restarted and suddenly he [Stroll] slowed down and with the cold tyres I couldn't avoid him anymore you know, sliding on the fronts". Obviously, Friday paints one picture but you're never really sure what's going to happen.

Drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were nearly seven-tenths of a second away from pole-man Lewis Hamilton, with Verstappen setting a time over two tenths slower than that of fourth-placed Kimi Räikkönen.

"A little bit disheartening", he admitted.

"I don't really know what I could have done more with what we had", Ricciardo said.

Ricciardo said he struggled with his vehicle despite recording the fastest lap of the race by over six tenths of a second in the closing stages.

"We both put good laps on the Supersofts in Q3". "It wasn't our preferred tyre".

But when Mercedes and Ferrari went on maximum attack at the second attempt, both found themselves over six-tenths of a second behind the eventual pole time set by Lewis Hamilton. I chipped away at my lap time by a few hundredths but it wasn't enough and they put in a few belters at the end.

"That gap is not so nice", he sighed.

Red Bull hadn't looked to be challenging for pole in any free practice sessions, only managing second in free practice two, and this continued in qualifying.

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Commenting on his hopes for the race, Horner said the team's long runs give them hope that they can play a part in the race.

"Yep. Just going to say yes", he replied when asked if he would be able to challenge the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers ahead of him.

"We are in a hard position because we want to not only beat each other but try and attack Kimi, who starts in front of us".

The broadcast didn't initially pick up the incident during the race, but video emerged after Red Bull team boss Christian Horner revealed his star's indiscretion. "So it's even harder for us because we lose even more speed because of the friction from the tyres so we just lose more top speed". We talk about costs and being responsible but what has just been introduced is a completely new concept which will cost millions and millions of pounds. "We don't have that power mode and especially now that from turn one until turn four it's flat-out".

Whether team-orders will come into play in Spain, expect both Ricciardo and Verstappen, who won his first race for the team in Barcelona in 2016, to be on their best behaviour if they catch each other in their cross hairs. "I chose for a super-soft, Daniel went on a soft". I see the parallels.

"Even for me it was a guess, so a bit tricky". I don't think many people will actually choose the Supersoft [for the race].

"Fast, but not with the ease to be able to do it for consistent laps for the whole race".

"I think a lot of people will choose a soft and a medium", he decided.