Daniel Ricciardo (AT04-03, Car 3)
Race: Pos. 13th

“The whole weekend has been good and to come back, really feel all the things I’ve missed in the last twelve months, I can’t ask for more on the first weekend, and it gives me confidence. I got hit in turn 1, and dropped to the tail of the pack. After that, we got stuck in traffic, but once we got some clear air, I could settle into a rhythm and from then on, I was happy. Our pace wasn’t bad, maybe we could’ve been in the points today, I don’t know, but our strategy was good, we were just a bit unlucky. On the other hand, the contact at the start could’ve ended my race, so I’m grateful the car was still ok, and I was able to do 70 laps to learn as much as possible. I’ll learn from the mistakes I made to get better and better, and I made little mental notes, which I will share with the team. Overall though, there are a lot of things to be happy about.”


Yuki Tsunoda (AT04-04, Car 22)
Race: Pos. 15th

“We chose to start the race on the soft compound tyre today to gain as many positions as possible early in the race. The start was good, and I managed to make up quite a few places, so I’m happy with my performance. I had pace and was managing my tyres well today, especially on the soft compound, but unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out, so together with the team we’ll look at it. It’s a shame because the pace was there. Overall, I’m frustrated with myself because I didn’t put it all together and extract the maximum out of my performance every day. It’s been a week of learning and what I learnt today I will use in the future to maximise our performance.”

Claudio Balestri (Chief Engineer – Vehicle Performance)

“For today’s race, we decided to split the cars in terms of starting compounds. As for Yuki, we decided to go aggressive and use the softest compound, while for Daniel we opted for the medium tyre. At the start, Yuki gained many positions and got close to the top ten, but Daniel was hit by Zhou, finding himself in P18 at the end of lap one, after the two Alpines retired. After ten laps, the cars that had started on the soft tyres pitted, so we did the same with Yuki, fitting the hard tyres to go long for the second stint. Unfortunately, the pitstop was longer than normal, and we lost some positions, ending up behind Albon, who was on the same compound. Daniel was on a different strategy, completing a longer first stint, after which we decided to fit a set of hard tyres on lap 18, the best compound to be flexible for the remainder of the race.
In the second part of the race, with both drivers on the hard compound, we decided to extend Yuki’s stint, while cutting Daniel’s short, to have free air for the last stint on medium tyres. This paid off because Daniel was able to be fast and consistent, and this was enough to regain the positions lost in the first lap, finishing the race in P13. Yuki was fitted with medium tyres in his last stint, but this wasn’t sufficient to move him up, and he finished in P15, just two tenths behind Hulkenberg. We’ll focus on the next race, where we believe we’ll be in the position to fight for points.”

Session Result

1Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:38:08.634
2Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes+33.731s
3Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT+37.603s
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes+39.134s
5Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes+62.572s
6George RussellMercedes+65.825s
7Charles LeclercFerrari+70.317s
8Carlos SainzFerrari+71.073s
9Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes+75.709s
10Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes+1 lap
11Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes+1 lap
12Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari+1 lap
13Daniel RicciardoAlphaTauri Honda RBPT+1 lap
14Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari+1 lap
15Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri Honda RBPT+1 lap
16Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo Ferrari+1 lap
17Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari+1 lap
18Logan SargeantWilliams MercedesDNF
DNFEsteban OconAlpine Renault-
DNFPierre GaslyAlpine Renault-