Red Bull Surprises – Aus GP Qualifying Results


In an action packed qualifying session at Melbourne’s Albert Park Circuit, Red Bull seemed to have put their winter testing gremlins to bed.

Yet it wasn’t Red Bull’s usual champion that drove the RB10 to a second place grid position. It was his new team mate Daniel Ricciardo.

RB10 Qualifying 2014 Aus GPThe young Australian was cheered on by an ecstatic home crowd, describing the event to ABC News as “a lot of fun” and a “really nice first qualifying session with the team.”

Red Bull’s dominance in the sport has been a somewhat sweet and sour situation, seen by spectators as making the sport interesting or incredibly boring.

The team’s recent troubles during pre-season testing at Jerez and Bahrain had led the latter of these two groups of spectators to gladly believe that the current world champion’s had lost their touch.

However, the complete opposite may be true.

Though Sebastian Vettel was knocked out of qualifying early on due to his hot lap being compromised by Kimi Raikkonen’s Q2 crash, Ricciardo managing to split the Mercedes’ of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg (P1 and P3 respectively) has shown that Red Bull still know what they’re doing.

Ricciardo’s result at the very least would have significantly boosted the confidence of Red Bull.

With showers and possible thunder storms predicted for tomorrow’s race, we can expect the excitement of qualifying to roll over and than some.

 Qualifying Results

Position

Number

Driver

Team

1

44

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing-Renault

3

6

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

4

20

Kevin Magnussen

McLaren-Mercedes

5

14

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

6

25

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Renault

7

27

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

8

26

Daniil Kvyat

STR-Renault

9

19

Felipe Massa

Williams-Mercedes

10

77

Valtteri Bottas

Williams-Mercedes

11

22

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

12

7

Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

13

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

14

99

Adrian Sutil

Sauber-Ferrari

15

10

Kamui Kobayashi

Caterham-Renault

16

11

Sergio Perez

Force India-Mercedes

17

4

Max Chilton

Marussia-Ferrari

18

17

Jules Bianchi

Marussia-Ferrari

19

21

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber-Ferrari

20

9

Marcus Ericsson

Caterham-Renault

21

8

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

22

13

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus-Renault

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