RED BULL RACING F1 - Australian GP, Free Practice and Qualifying

RED BULL RACING F1 - Australian GP, Free Practice and Qualifying

01.04.2006: RED BULL RACING F1 - Australian GP, Free Practice and Qualifying



David Coulthard (Car 14):
3rd Practice Position: 14 Time: 1:38.683 Laps: 15
Qualifying Position: 12 Time: (part 2) 1:27.023
Chassis Number: 3
(Qualifying part one: P11, 1:28.408; Qualifying part two: P12, 1:27.023)

"I'm annoyed with that because I felt confident with the car this weekend. I had more laps available as a consequence of not finishing in Malaysia and had a good run yesterday. I locked up in Turn 3 on my last lap and lost some time. But, there you go, at least now we have more choice over strategy for tomorrow. You never quite know what to expect here with the changing weather conditions, I could have stayed in Scotland to get rain and wind like this… It should make tomorrow interesting."



Christian Klien (Car 15):
3rd Practice Position: 11 Time: 1:37.947 Laps: 12
Qualifying Position: 14 Time: (part 3) 1:27.591
Chassis Number: 2
(Qualifying part one: P14, 1:28.757; Qualifying part two: P14, 1:27.591)

"It was difficult today as I struggled to find enough grip throughout the qualifying session. The warm up performance of the tyres didn't seem as good as usual and I had a lot of understeer going into corners. As a result, I couldn't go back onto the throttle as quickly as normal. I made it in to the second qualifying and my final lap was going well, but then there was some rain on the last corner and I went wide, running over the kerb and grass. I lost half a second there and that was it."

Christian Horner, Sporting Director: "We'll ultimately finish up eleventh and thirteenth on the grid after the penalties are taken into account, which is a respectable but slightly disappointing performance. It was unfortunate for David to miss getting into the last ten, as he looked as if he had to potential to do that today. However, we're in a good strategic position ahead of the race tomorrow. We have the ability to pick our fuel load tonight and evaluate what our competitors ahead have done."



Note:
With no winners in the Bahrain or Malaysian Grands Prix lotteries to pick the top six finishers, we now have a Red Bull Rollover Lottery this weekend, with the prize fund standing at an amazing US$2,223,417!


- Britta Roeske, Red Bull Racing F1 -
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