Pierre Gasly (AT02-05, Car 10)
Second Practice Session – Best lap: 1:13.608, pos. 14th, 32 laps
Sprint Qualifying – pos. 8th

“We had a terrible start today, I lost three positions into Turn 1 and just didn’t have the pace to come back at the Ferraris and McLaren. It clearly wasn’t the start of the race we expected, so we’ll look at what we can do better for tomorrow. That wasn’t the easiest day for us, especially as the last few laps on the soft tyre were really difficult.  As you know, it’s never over until the chequered flag, so we’ll look at the strategy tonight and do everything we can to come back strong tomorrow.”


Yuki Tsunoda (AT02-04, Car 22)
Second Practice Session – Best lap: 1:13.726, pos. 16th, 38 laps
Sprint Qualifying – pos. 15th  

“I’m not happy with today. I lost too many positions on the first lap and after that I couldn’t maximise the performance from the soft tyre. Due to the format this weekend, I haven’t completed that many laps here, but I learnt a lot from today that I can take away and look at tonight ahead of the race tomorrow.”

Guillaume Dezoteux (Head of Vehicle Performance)

“We completed a good programme this morning during FP2, managing to compare the medium and soft tyres on both cars. We also carried out our pit stop training, which is very useful for the drivers and mechanics, in preparation for the race tomorrow. The tyre choice for the Sprint Qualifying was a complicated one and generated some heated discussions between us. For Yuki, it was pretty clear a soft tyre would help us to attack at the start of the sprint however the situation was less straightforward for Pierre. Starting from P4, we had to weigh the risk between a strong start on the Softs or a more consistent race on the Mediums, with more performance available from the tyres in the last laps. Unfortunately, it didn’t go well for us. Both cars lost positions in the first lap, despite being on the softest tyre and once the situation settled, we were not seeing the pace we had expected. Pierre finished eighth, still in front of both Alpines, which is important for the race tomorrow, and Yuki finished 15th after losing a position to Stroll in the last laps. We will analyse the data in detail tonight to understand why we were struggling more this afternoon and what our approach for tomorrow should be. The race will be more difficult, as we are starting further back, but we still have a chance to score useful points.”

Session Result

1Valtteri BottasMercedes29:09.559
2Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda+1.170s
3Carlos SainzFerrari+18.723s
4Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda+19.787s
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes+20.872s
6Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes+22.558s
7Charles LeclercFerrari+25.056s
8Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri Honda+34.158s
9Esteban OconAlpine Renault+34.632s
10Sebastian VettelAston Martin Mercedes+34.867s
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren Mercedes+35.869s
12Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault+36.578s
13Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari+41.880s
14Lance StrollAston Martin Mercedes+44.037s
15Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri Honda+46.150s
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes+46.760s
17George RussellWilliams Mercedes+47.739s
18Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari+50.014s
19Mick SchumacherHaas Ferrari+61.680s
20Nikita MazepinHaas Ferrari+67.474s