Daniel Ricciardo #3
Sprint – Pos. 11th
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:35.443, (Q2) 1:34.934, pos. 12th

“So far, it’s been a more positive weekend for us and my best one of the year. We changed the chassis this weekend and I feel the car better and have more confidence in it, so that’s encouraging, but it’s just one track. I’ve always enjoyed Shanghai and I also have a pretty good past here, so I think we need to continue proving our performance in the course of the next few races. We had fun this morning, some positives to take, and some learning for tomorrow’s race. Mid-race in the DRS train was a bit tricky, but then once I cleared Valtteri (Bottas), I was able to catch Kevin (Magnussen) quite quickly. We had a good battle in the last few laps, unfortunately, not for points but we knew it would have been hard to get points in the sprint. Personally, I had a better feeling today, and the sprint was definitely a more attacking race compared to the previous ones. Given track conditions changed quite a lot from yesterday, there were different circumstances; the rain made the track more slippery and the wind changed quite a lot, hence there were quite a few challenges before quali. I was happy with my lap in quali and feel there wasn’t much more in it. There were a couple of our direct rivals in Q3 and they found a bit more pace, but I do feel we have a bit more pace than some cars around us. Even if at the same time, I think some others are challenging us from behind. I’m excited to go racing again tomorrow; the sprint this morning has been encouraging, so I hope we can show a bit more in the long run. It’s probably a one-stop race, but it’s quite a unique front-limited circuit, so potentially even two. I think P12 is a decent place to start and offers the opportunity to try catching the ones in front and get some points.”

Yuki Tsunoda #22
Sprint – Pos. 16th
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:35.746, pos. 19th

“It’s been tough. This morning during the sprint, I tried to find my way, work the car, and learn a bit more, but I was still struggling. We looked into the data and felt like we made a step forward for qualifying. It’s mixed feelings. In sprint qualifying, I felt I wasn’t able to put it together from my side, but in today’s qualifying, I was pretty happy with my lap. I’ve been struggling with rear grip all weekend and looking at the steering trace compared to other cars, I’m fighting my car a lot but I’ve been working hard together with the engineers to improve it and find a solution, and they helped me a lot. Coming into qualifying, we felt good and confident we found an answer for our package. The lap itself I’m fairly happy with but the time doesn’t reflect the feeling, so it feels like we’re just stuck. Ending up P19 again is frustrating and a shame, but we’ll analyse, try to understand, and find the solution. Looking ahead to tomorrow, we have to change something to find more pace and hopefully, we can be close to the points.”

Alan Permane (Racing Director)

“Starting with the sprint, both cars moved up three places which was good, although our starting positions were low due to our poor qualifying yesterday. Moving on to qualifying for the main race, Daniel did a good job and was close to making it through to the final session. With Yuki, we’re still struggling and uncertain what’s going on with his car. We’ll have a really good look through tonight. We’ve been through the data all weekend and we haven’t found anything wrong or any issues with his car yet, so we’ll continue looking and try to do the best job we can for him. I’m sure both our drivers will move up tomorrow, and we’ll be pushing to get into the points.”


1Max VerstappenOracle Red Bull Racing1:33.660
2Sergio PerezOracle Red Bull Racing1:33.982
3Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco1:34.148
4Lando NorrisMcLaren1:34.165
5Oscar PiastriMcLaren1:34.273
6Charles LeclercFerrari1:34.289
7Carlos SainzFerrari1:34.297
8George RussellMercedes1:34.433
9Nico HulkenbergHaas1:34.604
10Valtteri BottasKick Sauber1:34.665
11Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco1:34.838
12Daniel RicciardoVisa Cash App RB1:34.934
13Esteban OconAlpine1:35.223
14Alexander AlbonWilliams1:35.241
15Pierre GaslyAlpine1:35.463
16Guanyu ZhouKick Sauber1:35.505
17Kevin MagnussenHaas1:35.516
18Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:35.573
19Yuki TsunodaVisa Cash App RB1:35.746
20Logan SargeantWilliams1:36.358