Yuki Tsunoda (AT02-06, Car 22)
Second Practice Session – Best lap: 1:25.422, pos. 15th, 32 laps
Sprint Qualifying – pos. 16th  

“It’s a frustrating day. I had quite a good start and had gained a couple of positions before we headed into Turn 4 but unfortunately, I had contact with Kubica and suffered front-wing damage. After I came in to change it, I think I had a good recovery drive and was able to make my way forward. The car felt good today and the pace was quite strong, I really maximised the opportunity of the soft tyre, so I’ll take this experience into the race tomorrow. I think it’ll be difficult, but I will aim to make my way into the points.”

Pierre Gasly (AT02-05, Car 10)
Second Practice Session – Best lap: 1:24.654, pos. 9th, 24 laps
Sprint Qualifying – pos. DNF

“I’m obviously very disappointed, it’s not been a good day. We had a great start on the Mediums, I managed to pass Lando, and also Lewis. Then at the first corner I was a bit surprised by Daniel, I touched the back of him a little bit and damaged the front-wing. I didn’t initially know how bad it was, but it broke off completely and went under the car at Turn 3, I couldn’t turn anymore and went straight into the wall. The target tomorrow is of course to try and get into the points. I will watch the replay tonight and analyse the possible overtaking spots, as it seemed that it was difficult out there today to make up many positions. We know that anything is possible though, and we’ll try our best to come back tomorrow.”

Jody Egginton (Technical Director)

“After a solid FP2, today’s Sprint Qualifying has not been kind to either of our drivers.  Contact with the rear of the McLaren damaged Pierre’s front-wing on the opening lap, which subsequently failed, sending the car into the tyre barrier. Pierre was out of the race on the spot. Yuki had contact with Kubica, which also resulted in damage to the front-wing and required a pit stop to replace it. This put him at the back, but he managed to recover a few places, which is one slight positive. Ultimately, we have been unlucky and not been able to make the most of the Sprint Qualifying. Looking to tomorrow, the guys are going to be busy repairing Pierre’s car for the race and on the strategy side we need to review the options to try and get our cars moving forward in the race, so that we are best placed if any opportunities present themselves.”

Session Result

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Valtteri BottasMercedes27:54.078
2Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda+2.325s
3Daniel RicciardoMcLaren Mercedes+14.534s
4Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes+18.835s
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes+20.011s
6Charles LeclercFerrari+23.442s
7Carlos SainzFerrari+27.952s
8Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari+31.089s
9Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda+31.680s
10Lance StrollAston Martin Mercedes+38.671s
11Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault+39.795s
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin Mercedes+41.177s
13Esteban OconAlpine Renault+43.373s
14Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes+45.977s
15George RussellWilliams Mercedes+46.821s
16Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri Honda+49.977s
17Nikita MazepinHaas Ferrari+62.599s
18Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari+65.096s
19Mick SchumacherHaas Ferrari+66.154s
DNFPierre GaslyAlphaTauri Honda-