Yuki Tsunoda #22
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:16.668, pos. 13th, 14 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:15.894, (Q2) 1:15.358, (Q3) 1:15.465 pos. 7th

“Congrats to the team, and Daniel as well. We’re showing how much pace the car has, and I think the amount of work the people are doing in the factory is more than we think, so they deserve the credit. We didn’t expect this much performance but the team is working really hard to develop our car and their effort is massive, more than I can imagine, and it’s paying off because the car is consistently performing really well. As a “new” team with many new people, we needed time to blend together and now everyone’s working well and we don’t make many mistakes. They definitely deserve the results and I’m super appreciative of the team for giving me such a nice car, especially at our home race in front of our factory people in the grandstand. For myself, to be honest, I’m not entirely happy because I didn’t manage to give the maximum in Q3 today, but I think until then it was pretty good. It was the first time I was able to get through Q2 with one set and that’s definitely a positive. In Q3, the laps I did weren’t amazing, I was expecting more and I could’ve done better. As a driver, it’s always frustrating when you don’t put it all together and there is time left on the table. In saying that, this week has been pretty solid so far, so we’ll focus on extracting the maximum performance and finishing strong with both cars tomorrow!”

Daniel Ricciardo #3
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:16.560, pos. 11th, 15 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:16.060, (Q2) 1:15.691, (Q3) 1:15.674 pos. 9th

“It was a really good and positive day from a team’s point of view. We are happy as both of us managed to get into Q3. Yuki’s doing a good job and he’s driving well all weekend, feeling really comfortable in the car from FP1. Qualifying was a better session for me, we made some progress from the start of the weekend as we were struggling a bit more than Yuki. In every lap I did, I was always trying to find a bit more here and there, but the first sector is still the part where I’m struggling quite a lot. That’s where the lap got away from me but we’ll keep looking at it tonight to understand more, and I’ll work on it. We’re in a good place and I’m happy and comfortable in the car for the rest of the lap, so it’s a matter of figuring out what I can do better mainly there. We made some improvements but still not enough to fight those guys a bit further up. Looking at tomorrow, we’re in the first half of the grid which is good, so we’ll try to look at some points by the end of the race. It would be good if both of us get points tomorrow for the home race of the team, so let’s do that!”

Alan Permane (Racing Director)

“A very good day for us. I think Yuki actually finished the session a little frustrated because he went quicker in Q2 than Q3, but nevertheless, a great effort from everybody here and back at both our bases to deliver a car that’s capable of getting both cars into Q3. It’s Daniel’s first Q3 of the season, and I’m sure it’s the first of many more. We have a good sensible plan of what we’re doing tomorrow. We’re in front of our closest competitors and the aim tomorrow is to of course bring both cars home in the points and consolidate our position in the championship.”



1Max VerstappenOracle Red Bull Racing1:14.746
2Oscar PiastriMcLaren1:14.820
3Lando NorrisMcLaren1:14.837
4Charles LeclercFerrari1:14.970
5Carlos SainzFerrari1:15.233
6George RussellMercedes1:15.234
7Yuki TsunodaVisa Cash App RB1:15.465
8Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:15.504
9Daniel RicciardoVisa Cash App RB1:15.674
10Nico HulkenbergHaas1:15.980
11Sergio PerezOracle Red Bull Racing1:15.706
12Esteban OconAlpine1:15.906
13Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco1:15.992
14Alexander AlbonWilliams1:16.200
15Pierre GaslyAlpine1:16.381
16Valtteri BottasKick Sauber1:16.626
17Guanyu ZhouKick Sauber1:16.834
18Kevin MagnussenHaas1:16.854
19Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco1:16.917
20Logan SargeantWilliamsDNF