Red Bull continue to struggle Down Under

Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat

Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat had a down beat qualifying session for Red Bull Racing at the Australian Grand Prix and will start seventh and 13th respectively.

The home crowd favourite Ricciardo lost one of his four allotted engines on Friday with a problem, moving onto his second unit to get some running in on Saturday, but managed to make it to the top 10 shoot out.

His time of 1:28.329 was only good enough for seventh on the grid, but he admitted afterwards that it was as good as it was going to get for Red Bull.

“I’m happier,” Ricciardo said. “It’s only seventh, but with the way the weekend has been going, we have to be pleased with it. I’m pleased with the progress we made through the sessions.

“It has been tricky. We suffered like this last year, but there have been a few more problems this time around.”

Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg locked out the front row at Albert Park.

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

Kvyat’s session was hampered from the very off. Before qualifying, his RB11 was suffering from a wiring loom issue, giving him just one lap to get out of Q1 - which he managed.

However in Q2, his luck wasn’t much better and could only manage the 13th fastest time, meaning he’ll start on the seventh row of the grid for Sunday’s race.