Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo will be looking to score strongly in today's Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain.
The pair are tasked with starting from unfamiliar grid positions for the race with Ricciardo suffering a ten place grid-penalty, dropping him down from third place to 13th while Sebastian Vettel failed to make it out of qualifying stage two for the second time this season.
But Red Bull will still be hopeful of bringing home a respectable haul of points from the weekend to help get their campaign gather momentum in what has been a stuttering start to the season.
Speaking after yesterday's qualifying session, Sebastian Vettel said, “We weren't quick enough today. I think this morning didn't help us when I spun off and did some damage to the car. It's hard to say how big the impact of that was, as once you start qualifying you just get your head down and try to do the best you can."
Missing out on qualifying stage three is not something which Vettel is used to, though the four-time world champion will start from tenth rather than 11th where he qualified due to Ricciardo's situation.
"It was quite tight with Kimi and there wasn't a lot missing to get to Q3, but that's how it goes. We get an extra set of tyres tomorrow and I think in the race things will calm down and we'll be able to be a bit more consistent and attack for some good points.
"I think our speed is okay on a longer run – and actually on a shorter run too, as Dan has shown today. It will be hard to overtake some cars tomorrow, but we will try our best.”
Meanwhile, Ricciardo, whose performance yesterday will give himself confidence for the race, told reporters: “Today was nice, tomorrow will be less nice with the ten place penalty, but I was really happy with qualifying. I think through all the runs and on both tyres I was happy with my performance."
The Australian has had a lot of bad luck in his first few races with his new team, but nevertheless has shown that he has exciting pace and is capable of matching his more established team-mate.
"We may have saved one set of tyres compared to the others, so that's good, hopefully I'm going to need it tomorrow for coming through the pack; hopefully it will help us. I did the best I could today, so for that I'm pleased. I think Seb and I will both be charging hard tomorrow and will aim to put on a good race.”
Red Bull are currently sixth in the constructors' world championship and it will be a tough task to retain it this year with Mercedes looking so incredibly fast. But it is a long season and any points gathered from today's race will have to be hard earned but crucially important.
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