Daniel Ricciardo #3
Race – Pos. 15th

“It’s obviously disappointing finishing in P15, but I’m happy with my race and how we managed it as a team with the two stops. I think yesterday I just missed a touch in qualifying, but honestly, today I feel like I maximised it with a good race. We managed the tyres and pushed when we needed to, so unfortunately, I think we just didn’t have more to show this weekend. There’s certainly lots to learn from weekends like this. We take a few little positives and a few more things to work on because we seem to be missing something with the new package. It’s a quick turnaround, so we’ll work on it tonight, trying to understand more in preparation for Austria next week.”

Yuki Tsunoda #22
Race – Pos. 19th

“It was a tough race, in which I struggled. The handling of the car was definitely not easy, and I did not feel as comfortable as I normally do. Something wasn’t quite right, and we’ll analyse everything that happened to understand what did not work well and come back stronger in Austria.”

Jody Egginton (Technical Director)

“With the qualifying positions we had, we knew that it would be difficult to score points and we needed to be ready to try something different if the race provided the opportunity, but unfortunately it did not. Daniel’s pace and degradation on the medium compound in his middle stint was reasonable and he was able to close on the group of cars ahead including Alonso, Stroll and Bottas. However, some blue flags immediately after his second stop cost him some time and he lost touch with this group for a while. Although his pace was comparable, we could not get back onto this pack. Yuki was not happy with the balance of his car and although the guys worked hard to try and improve this via tools and flap adjustments, it was still difficult. We need to have a good look over the car when it’s out of Parc fermé and see if we can find anything obvious. Looking at the bigger picture from this weekend, we have a lot of analysis to complete ahead of Austria next weekend in order to understand in more detail why we have underperformed here in Barcelona relative to our expectations and our general level of performance up to this point in the season. We’ll then apply this learning to our preparations for Austria.”

Laurent Mekies (Team Principal)

“We came here with high hopes for the upgrades that everyone back in the factory has worked so hard to design and produce as part of our aggressive development strategy. Unfortunately, right from the start of Free Practice we were lacking pace in every session. There is no point denying this was a poor weekend for us and although the gaps were very small, we’re not going to make excuses for the fact we just weren’t competitive. Given our starting positions, it would have required some unusual circumstances – rain, a safety car – but the race was pretty linear and while both drivers did their best, we leave Spain with nothing to show for our efforts.

“Looking at the positives, we did a lot of tests across both cars to acquire as much data as possible. Now, our whole group faces a stern test to try and make some progress in the very few days available until we are back on track at the Red Bull Ring. It’s a very long season, so there are bound to be some tough weekends. We just have to put this one behind us, we must not get downhearted but instead, look ahead and focus on fighting back immediately in a few days’ time in Austria.”

Session Result

1Max VerstappenOracle Red Bull Racing1:28:20.227
2Lando NorrisMcLaren+2.219s
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes+17.790s
4George RussellMercedes+22.320s
5Charles LeclercFerrari+22.709s
6Carlos SainzFerrari+31.028s
7Oscar PiastriMcLaren+33.760s
8Sergio PerezOracle Red Bull Racing+59.524s
9Pierre GaslyAlpine+62.025s
10Esteban OconAlpine+71.889s
11Nico HulkenbergHaas+79.215s
12Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco+1 lap
13Guanyu ZhouKick Sauber+1 lap
14Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco+1 lap
15Daniel RicciardoVisa Cash App RB+1 lap
16Valtteri BottasKick Sauber+1 lap
17Kevin MagnussenHaas+1 lap
18Alexander AlbonWilliams+1 lap
19Yuki TsunodaVisa Cash App RB+1 lap
20Logan SargeantWilliams+2 laps