Carlos Sainz (STR10-04, Car 55)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:27.809, pos. 10th, 17 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:26.773, (Q2) 1:26.475, (Q3) 1:26.136, pos. 5th

“Wow! What a result! This is something very special and I’m very, very happy! A P5 and a P6 is an amazing achievement for the whole team. I wasn’t totally comfortable with the car up until the qualifying session, but then in Q1’s first run the car was right where I wanted it, I was feeling very confident and was able to build on that and score a very nice result. I can only put this down to a lot of hard work and analysis, and I have to thank the team for this. It won’t be easy to finish the race in the top five, but it’s free to dream and we will try our best to end the race in the highest position possible. I’m also very happy to be starting tomorrow’s race from P5 here at home in Barcelona, in front of my home crowd. I could see all the fans cheering, it was a great feeling and I’d like to thank them all for their support. Let’s push for a good result in the race tomorrow!”

Max Verstappen (STR10-03, Car 33)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:27.132, pos. 8th, 18 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:27.393, (Q2) 1:26.441, (Q3) 1:26.249, pos. 6th

“I’m not 100% happy with my lap as I was struggling a bit with the balance compared to this morning’s practice session, but today’s sixth place is still a positive result! To start tomorrow’s race from fifth and sixth is a great achievement for us and there’s a fantastic atmosphere right now in the team. The most important is for both of us to score points and that’s what we’ll fight for tomorrow. The car has been great the whole weekend and, even though it won’t be easy, I will try to keep my position in the race.”

Ben Waterhouse (Deputy Technical Director)

“What a fantastic result for us today! Both drivers did an exceptional job to deliver an extraordinary performance. We did our homework last night and made good improvements for today, and by the time we got to Q3 both Carlos and Max had extracted the best out of the car. I think we should all be very pleased with the work the team has done so far, both here at the track as well as back home in Faenza and Bicester. However this is only a portion of the job and there’s no points on a Saturday. We now have to make sure we prepare well for tomorrow’s race. We’ve done a good job to put ourselves in the best position, but we still have a lot to deliver and I look forward to tomorrow!”