Carlos Sainz (STR10-04, Car 55)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:34.282, pos. 6th, 23 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:34.641, (Q2) 1:34.071, (Q3) 1:33.649, pos. 8th

“I’m happy, I really enjoy this track! We did the maximum today and I don’t think we could’ve extracted much more from the car. We’ve looked strong all weekend and I’ve been optimistic the whole time. I’m satisfied with today’s P8. Tomorrow we expect a tough race with plenty of battles, but as always we will try our best to finish in the position we are starting in or further ahead and score more points.”

Max Verstappen (STR10-02, Car 33)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:34.147, pos. 5th, 20 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:34.819, (Q2) 1:34.502, pos. 13th

“To be honest, I don’t really know what happened in today’s qualifying session, because we’ve been really competitive during the whole weekend and then, as soon as I went into Q1, I suffered from oversteer and I was not happy with the balance, so in the end I just wasn’t able to put a lap together. We need to look into this and find out why this happened. It’s disappointing because I was really looking forward to this qualifying session, but the car wasn’t behaving how I wanted it to and I couldn’t improve. Hopefully we can do something before tomorrow, we showed good pace in the long runs so hopefully we can have a good race.”

James Key (Technical Director)

“A bit of a disappointing qualifying session really. I think we had shown some reasonably good performance in every session this weekend and the drivers were happy with the car, but in qualifying we had a bit of a scrappy session unfortunately. Max was reporting a problem with the rear of his car and a loss of grip, which we need to investigate tonight as we couldn’t see anything on the data immediately. Carlos on the other hand got through to Q3 well. Unfortunately he didn’t quite make enough progress in the last lap, as we think it would’ve been possible for him to end up in an even higher position. So, all in all, not the best of sessions, but our high-fuel level pace on Friday was good, so we just need to do our best in the race tomorrow and fight for points.”