Pierre Gasly (AT03-04, Car 10)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:32.881, pos. 20th, 24 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:31.322, pos. 17th

“I’m disappointed with today. We replaced the front left brake disc ahead of Quali and then on the out lap we were behind a lot of cars, which meant we couldn’t get enough temperature into the brakes. Every time I touched them, I had front locking, which was really tricky, and meant our last attempt went to waste. Tomorrow will not be easy from where we start, but it might be raining. I hope it will be, because it would bring more excitement and more opportunities to make our way forward. Our car works well in the wet, so I think that these conditions would be best for us.”

Yuki Tsunoda (AT03-03, Car 22)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:32.377, pos. 17th, 26 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:31.130, (Q2) 1:30.808, pos. 13th

“I’m reasonably happy with today. We made a good step up from FP3 but were unfortunately held back by the brakes, I struggled a lot with them and had a big lock-up in Q1, then lost a lot of confidence in Q2. I think the balance of the car was looking good and we could have looked to get into Q3, so it’s a bit of a shame we weren’t able to. That aside, it’s been great to see all the fans here, it’s a special opportunity for me, as I’ve never experienced this level of fans in our team kit, wearing my caps and clapping so much at every corner – it’s been fantastic and given me a real boost. Now we must look to the race tomorrow, there’s a possibility of mixed conditions and we’re in a good position to hopefully make our way forward if the opportunity arises.”

Guillaume Dezoteux (Head of Vehicle Performance)

“The third free practice session was difficult. It was our first opportunity to setup the cars for a dry track and we struggled to find the correct balance, especially on Pierre’s side of the garage. It pushed us to take more risks than we would usually do, and we made several significant setup changes on both cars ahead of Qualifying. Unfortunately, we were hampered by brakes material issues that we need to understand and analyse in detail. Both drivers struggled a lot in Q1 with front wheel locking, and while Yuki did manage to perform a good lap, Pierre couldn’t and got knocked out. In Q2, Yuki managed to improve, and he extracted more from the car, but still the confidence in braking wasn’t there. Looking ahead to the race there are still opportunities, especially if the rain hits the track in the middle of the race, as some forecasts suggest. We will review the different scenarios tonight and prepare both cars in the best possible way.”


1Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing RBPT1:29.304
2Charles LeclercFerrari1:29.314
3Carlos SainzFerrari1:29.361
4Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing RBPT1:29.709
5Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:30.165
6Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:30.261
7Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault1:30.322
8George RussellMercedes1:30.389
9Sebastian VettelAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:30.554
10Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes1:31.003
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren Mercedes1:30.659
12Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:30.709
13Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri RBPT1:30.808
14Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:30.953
15Mick SchumacherHaas Ferrari1:31.439
16Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:31.311
17Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri RBPT1:31.322
18Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:31.352
19Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:31.419
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes1:31.511