Pierre Gasly (AT01-04, Car 10)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:04.949, pos. 9th, 19 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:04.603, (Q2) 1:04.305, pos. 12th

Austrian Grand Prix qualifying 2020 with Pierre Gasly by Scuderia AlphaTauri

I’m pleased with my result today. After yesterday’s practice sessions we might have expected that it was not going to be an easy Qualifying for us today, but overnight we managed to make some good improvements to the car. I think we can be happy with both cars in Q2. At the moment that’s where we are, but we have a free choice of tyres and so many things can happen during a race, so hopefully this will give us a good opportunity to fight for points tomorrow. The target is always the same and we’ll push as much as we can to get a good result here at Red Bull’s home race.”

 

Daniil Kvyat (AT01-03, Car 26)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:05.290, pos. 14th, 23 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:05.031, (Q2) 1:04.431, pos. 13th

Austrian Grand Prix qualifying 2020 with Daniil Kvyat by Scuderia AlphaTauri

“It’s hard to know what to expect for the race, as today’s Quali is about a single lap and tomorrow it’s 71. Qualifying was ok, although to be honest my laps weren’t super tidy and I left some lap time on the table, because of a couple of mistakes. But the pace was there considering that we were unhappy yesterday in FP1 and worked hard to improve the car from then on. We got just about everything out of the car this afternoon. We lack a couple of tenths here, but historically this track has always been a bit tricky for us and we are already in better shape than we were here last year. We are starting from a position where we can fight for some points and have a strong clean race.”

Austrian Grand Prix qualifying 2020 with Scuderia AlphaTauri Team

Jody Egginton (Technical Director)

“Friday was in some respects more difficult than it should have been, but the guys took a few lessons on board and reacted positively ahead of today and as a result extracted more from our car. The set-up changes made overnight on both sides of the garage were effective, with both cars showing balance improvements during FP3 and the two drivers making good use of these changes to set some more representative times in this morning’s session. We felt qualifying was going to be close. Both cars navigated Q1 without too much fuss and the first runs in Q2 were fine. However, we did not manage to take the next step in the final runs with either driver in Q2 in what was a very tight midfield.

We were unable to make the cut for Q3 on this occasion, ending qualifying in 12th and 13th which is disappointing but has also highlighted the primary areas in which we need to improve our package. Our focus now switches back to preparations for the race and, with the qualifying positions providing us with some useful strategy options, we will be looking to take advantage of any opportunities. We are all very much looking forward to getting back down to the business of going racing tomorrow in what we expect will be an exciting race.”

Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director):

This first qualifying of 2020 produced some surprises. We have Max on row 2 and Alex on row 3, which is a positive result. However, the time gap to the quickest was not that small. But with Max starting on the Medium tyres and our race pace that we had in free practice looking encouraging, we can hope to have a good race tomorrow. AlphaTauri managed to improve the car from yesterday and 12 and 13 on the grid is encouraging. It would be nice if the team could score points in the debut event with its new name. Our PU worked fine in all four cars so far this weekend and we look forward to a good race, knowing that the competition looks very close.”

SESSION RESULTS - FULL CLASSIFICATION

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Valtteri BottasMercedes0:1:2:939
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes0:1:2:951
3Max VerstappenRed Bull0:1:3:477
4Lando NorrisMcLaren0:1:3:626
5Alexander AlbonRed Bull0:1:3:868
6Sergio PérezRacing Point0:1:3:868
7Charles LeclercFerrari0:1:3:923
8Carlos Sainz Jr.McLaren0:1:3:971
9Lance StrollRacing Point0:1:4:29
10Daniel RicciardoRenault0:1:4:239
Q2
11Sebastian VettelFerrari0:1:4:206
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri0:1:4:305
13Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri0:1:4:431
14Esteban OconRenault0:1:4:643
15Romain GrosjeanHaas0:1:4:691
Q3
16Kevin MagnussenHaas0:1:5:164
17George RussellWilliams0:1:5:167
18Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo0:1:5:175
19Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo0:1:5:224
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams0:1:5:757