HUNGARORING, 27th July 2014 (F1Plus / Graham Keilloh) - In the qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix the Red Bulls were on form.
Sebastian Vettel will start the race from second place on the starting grid – indeed he even led for a time during the wet-to-dry final part of the qualifying session, while his team mate Daniel Ricciardo will start directly behind him in P4, his best around two tenths shy.
Both drivers were confident too that come the race the Bulls are well-set for a strong result, either to be best of the rest behind dominant Mercedes poleman Nico Rosberg, or perhaps even to fight with him.
When asked if a win is possible today Vettel said: “It depends. We are here to fight, we want to do that.
"If it rains we definitely have a better chance than in normal standard dry conditions but even then I think we were closer this weekend, long run pace looked a lot better on Friday compared to them (Mercedes) but it’s hard to judge how much they were sandbagging or running different modes on Friday.
"So it should be closer than in the last couple of races.”
Ricciardo was more minded about clearing third-place starter Valtteri Bottas from P4.
“I think we should be better off around here (than the Williams), I believe we’ve got more downforce, so it should be a bit easier to handle the tyres. Unfortunately one of them is just in front of me on the grid so it’s going to really crucial to get him off the start.”
On the subject of benefitting from any Rosberg unreliability in the race Ricciardo noted: “It’s important for us to be there, as we were in Canada, and as Seb is today in second, and he’s right there if something happens.”
Vettel confirmed too that the apparent improvement in Red Bull competiveness was down mainly to the Hungaroring’s track tight and twisty characteristics.
“I think probably the nature of the track suits us a bit more, less straights, historically we’ve always had a competitive car around here, so it seems we’re a little bit closer.”
Vettel confirmed too that his time was representative and not down to the rain early in Q3.
“I think the first run when we saw most people go off at turn one was affected with the track being damp in the first couple of corners, but I think in the last two runs everyone had there was no problem, it was completely dry.”
Ricciardo however admitted that the early rain did impact his ability to heat up the tyres.
“(I was) just struggling a little bit to get the tyres back into a good working range for that one timed lap.” The Australian also confirmed that the ‘monkey seat’ fell off his rear wing too.