In Imola, Daniel Riccardo again made it to the qualifying final – and tomorrow he will start fifth, while his Renault team-mate Esteban Ocon is only 12th …
Alan Permaine, sports director: “Today we have mixed emotions. Obviously, we are pleased with the fifth place Daniel – at the decisive moment of the final session, he drove an excellent circle.
Esteban, by his own admission, did not do so well. However, he starts right behind our main rivals and has a choice of tires on the first leg of the race, so all is not lost. “
Daniel Riccardo (5th): “I am very pleased with today’s result. In the course of qualifying, we managed to add, I believe that this was my best qualifying circle this season.
An amazing track, but a high starting position is very important here, so I’m glad to start fifth. I hope the race will turn out to be interesting – in the middle group of teams the results are very solid. If we manage to start well, then everything should work out. “
Esteban Ocon (12th): “I am disappointed with the qualification result. After a good morning training session, I was counting on more, especially since there were no problems in the first part of the qualification. But my first fast lap in the second I drove unsuccessfully, and with the second I need to figure it out, to understand what happened.
Nevertheless, there is a chance that I will be able to choose tires for the first leg of the race and compete for points. “