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2024 Austrian GP: Sprint & Qualifying

2024 Austrian GP: Sprint & Qualifying

Daniel Ricciardo #3
Sprint – pos. 14th
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:05.569, (Q2) 1:05.289, position 11th

“We knew it would be difficult to get into the points in the Sprint, but it was important to race and learn for tomorrow. There are some positives from the battles we had this morning and the way the car reacted was not that bad. Of course it is frustrating to miss Q3 this afternoon by a few milliseconds, but at the same time it is a more positive because I think we have made some progress since yesterday and we should be proud of that. I think we still need to find something extra for tomorrow, but today’s qualifying has put us in a much better position for the race. It will be a longer race with pit stops and tyre differences, so there is no reason to believe that we cannot be in the top ten tomorrow.”

Yuki Tsunoda #22
Sprint – pos. 13th
Qualification – Best lap: (Q1) 1:05.563, (Q2) 1:05.412, pos. 14th

“After the Sprint this morning we still had to deliver more performance, but at the same time we were not in a bad position. I think we had the speed to get to Q3 this afternoon, but I couldn’t put it all together, so that’s my fault. The team pushed hard and did a good job, because we used all the data we gathered to make the best car from all the previous sessions. The set-up was good, so it’s my fault and a big shame. We will push tomorrow and hopefully finish in the top ten.”

Claudio Balestri (Chief Engineer – Vehicle Performance)

“For the Sprint we decided to start both cars on used mediums and were able to show good pace, gaining positions with both drivers. Yuki finished P13 and Daniel P15; the difference in pace compared to the other participants seems very small. The Sprint, as always, provides a good amount of data to better understand how the car works with different traffic levels and looking at this valuable data we decided to change the setups of both cars for qualifying. The main goal was to improve high-speed balance without compromising low-speed performance. We finished the qualifying session with Yuki in P14 and Daniel in P11, very close to reaching Q3. This proves that the changes we made were in the right direction. Our focus now is on race preparation. Tomorrow won’t be easy, but we will still aim for some more points.”

SESSION RESULTS – FULL CLASSIFICATION

POS DIRECTOR TEAM TIME
1 Max Verstappen Oracle Red Bull Racing 1:04.314
2 Lando Norris McLaren 1:04,718
3 George Russel Mercedes 1:04,840
4 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:04,851
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:04.903
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:05,044
7 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:05.048
8 Sergio Perez Oracle Red Bull Racing 1:05.202
9 Nico Hulkenberg Hare 1:05.385
10 Esteban Ocon Alps 1:05.883
Question 2
11 Daniel Ricciardo Visa Cash App RB 1:05.289
12 Kevin Magnussen Hare 1:05.347
13 Pierre Gasly Alps 1:05.359
14 Yuki Tsunoda Visa Cash App RB 1:05.412
15 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Aramco 1:05.639
K3
16 Alexander Albon Williams 1:05.736
17 Lance Walk Aston Martin Aramco 1:05.819
18 Valtteri Bottas Kick Sauber 1:05.847
19 Logan Sgt Williams 1:05.856
20 Guanyu Zhou Kick Sauber 1:06,061