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GP Week : Issue 233
QUALIFYING a tenth better in the first sector while only on par with the old unit in the run up the hill. Ricciardo dropped more than a tenth to Daniil Kvyat in the sister car in the middle sector, where the engine can hardly be blamed, but its performance certainly didn't justify the ten place grid penalty it necessitated. Red Bull's problems were multiplied at Honda, with Jenson Button a full half second adrift of the best first and third sectors and a staggering nine tenths in the middle of the lap. For a team boasting a well sorted chassis it suggested its problems are rather more deeply seeded than the Honda engine alone and follows on from a similar performance at Mexico. There was also the inescapable fact that there was a McLaren parked up before the end of the opening session, and neither car through to the second. It was another embarrassing afternoon for both the team and its engine supplier, especially when Button and Fernando Alonso snuck onto the podium during the session for a quick photo - joking it was the only time they'd see it all year. Then there was Alonso getting a sun tan while he waited for the session to end, sparking a social media frenzy. 21 GPWEEK.com // 21 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BRAZIL PARTNERS: