Red Bull Racing have their sights set firmly on Williams and fourth place in the constructor standings after producing their best combined qualifying performance in two years for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Unusually, given the run of qualifying form, it was David Coulthard, fresh from his fourth place in Japan, that was leading Red Bull's charge, inheriting the role of 'best of the rest' in fifth, while Mark Webber played support in seventh.

Coulthard's best qualifying position since his first ever race for Red Bull back in Australia 2005, the Scot was stunned to even make the top ten, having only managed it twice this year, but was thrilled nonetheless.

"Fifth is a great position to start from tomorrow, it's a while since I've been in the top ten. I'm a little bit surprised to be honest, I drove in exactly the same way as I have in the previous few qualifying sessions, but for some reason there are more cars are behind me here! I'm not complaining, the car obviously suits this track.

"The weather's due to be wet and a bit difficult tomorrow, but it can't be anywhere near as difficult as it was in Fuji last weekend. Starting in the points is obviously better than having to fight our way there from further back, as we did last week.

"I'm happy - I'm happy for my guys who work directly on my car and for the team as a whole. Their work's been overshadowed a little with some of the reliability problems we've had this year, so I'm pleased for them."

With Webber just behind on the grid in seventh, Red Bull are in a good position to put the pressure on Williams in the constructor standings, the British team just five points ahead of Red Bull and starting no higher than 16th.

"We were concentrating on our strategy ahead of the race tomorrow and the wet weather that is forecast. The team performed very well today and it's nice timing to get both cars in to the top ten at this stage of the Championship, as it puts a little bit of pressure on Williams in our battle for fourth place. This also gives confidence to the team going into next season; I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

 

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