Pierre Gasly (AT03-01, Car 10)
Race – pos. 11th

“It’s a real shame, but we knew it would be difficult starting from P14. I gave everything I could today, and we were close to finishing in the top 10, if we’d had one more lap I think we could’ve been in it. The atmosphere has been insane, as always in Mexico, so that’s been great, I’m just disappointed we’ve come away without points.”

Yuki Tsunoda (AT03-03, Car 22)
Race – DNF

“It’s such a shame about today’s result. My tyre management had been really good in the race up until that point, and I was feeling confident in that final stint, so I’m very disappointed that it ended with such a silly mistake. Daniel was on a different strategy and would’ve easily made it past later on, so for such an experienced driver to try to overtake in an area that it’s just not possible to is so annoying. We were close to being able to finish in the points, which are so valuable to us right now. There are some positives to take away from this weekend, but for now I just need to go away and reset, then come back stronger for Brazil.”

Claudio Balestri (Chief Engineer – Vehicle Performance)

“As our two cars were close together on the grid today, we decided to start with different compounds, with the target of maximising the possibility to score points. Yuki started on new Softs and was immediately able to gain some positions in the first lap, he was P11 between the two McLarens who were both on Mediums, with Norris in front and Riccardo behind. Yuki’s first stint was good, he was able to produce consistent lap times, manage tyre and brake temperatures, and the tyres were working properly for the entire stint. For the rest of his race, he continued to fight the two McLarens, so in the second stint we decided to fit Mediums and the pace was again good, allowing him to follow Norris and stay in front of Ricciardo. However, Ricciardo tried to overtake Yuki, which destroyed our car and our race. The contact left Yuki’s car with a lot of damage, and we had to retire. Pierre’s race was a bit different. By the end of lap one he had lost some positions and was P17, racing on the Mediums, behind the two Astons that were slower than him. During the first stint, Pierre was able to gain one position, overtaking Stroll, who was on the same compound, but during this manoeuvre he got a five second penalty. This was served at our second pit stop and our race became a bit more complicated. When he re-joined the track he was behind Albon. Pierre’s pace with the soft compound was good and we were able to overtake him and close the gap with the cars in front, who were on different strategies. Pierre finished just behind Bottas, just outside the points in P11. It is a shame, because the pace wasn’t bad today. Now we need to switch our thoughts to the preparation for our next race in Brazil.”

Session Result

1Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing RBPT1:38:36.729
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes+15.186s
3Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing RBPT+18.097s
4George RussellMercedes+49.431s
5Carlos SainzFerrari+58.123s
6Charles LeclercFerrari+68.774s
7Daniel RicciardoMcLaren Mercedes+1 lap
8Esteban OconAlpine Renault+1 lap
9Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes+1 lap
10Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari+1 lap
11Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri RBPT+1 lap
12Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes+1 lap
13Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo Ferrari+1 lap
14Sebastian VettelAston Martin Aramco Mercedes+1 lap
15Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes+1 lap
16Mick SchumacherHaas Ferrari+1 lap
17Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari+1 lap
18Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes+2 laps
19Fernando AlonsoAlpine RenaultDNF
DNFYuki TsunodaAlphaTauri RBPT-