Abu Dhabi GP – Qualifying

Team’s reaction after qualifying

F1 qualifying Abu Dhabi 2019 by Scuderia Toro Rosso

Pierre Gasly (STR14-04, Car 10)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:37.736, pos. 10th, 17 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:37.198, (Q2) 1:37.089, pos. 12th

F1 qualifying Abu Dhabi 2019 with Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso

“It was a bit of trickier session for us in Qualifying compared to the rest of the weekend. We were sliding a lot and we weren’t as competitive as this morning. We’ll try to understand the reason for this tonight, but all in all it’s not bad because we start from 11th position tomorrow and have a free choice of tyres. We knew we had more degradation with the Soft compound, so hopefully this will play in our favour during the race as our long runs looked strong yesterday.”

Daniil Kvyat (STR14-03, Car 26)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:37.963, pos. 12th, 18 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:37.683, (Q2) 1.37.141, pos. 14th 

Grand Prix Abu Dhabi qualifying 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

“The car didn’t really feel great today and I was sliding around in Qualifying. I never really found good grip on the tyres and the car didn’t click. The only decent lap I got in was the first lap of Q2, the rest I just had a bad feeling in the car. We hope things will be better tomorrow, the race is different to Qualifying, you can play with the strategy and, if everything works well, there’s always a chance to move up the grid.”

F1 qualifying Abu Dhabi 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

Jody Egginton (Technical Director):

“Following on from a productive Friday, FP3 was again positive with both sides of the garage fairly happy with the setup going into Qualifying. Qualifying itself was ‘ok’ but nothing more, as we were having to chase the balance more than ideal in Q2, which means we have potentially slightly under delivered on the potential tonight. However, the differences in tyre life across the compounds here means that lining up outside of the top 10 with a free tyre choice potentially provides some extra chances to battle the cars ahead. As such, we are very focused on making best use of our two cars to take whatever opportunity presents itself in what we expect it could be another exciting battle in the midfield tomorrow.”

 

Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director):

“Max produced a good lap to qualify third and he inherits a front row starting position because of Bottas’ penalty. Alex also moves up one place to fifth on the grid and both these positions mean we can hope for a strong finish to the season tomorrow night. The Toro Rosso drivers missed the cut into Q3, but starting from 11 and 13 on the grid, they can still fight for points and, importantly, they have a free choice of tyre. It’s the last race of 2019 and we want to end this season in the best possible way with both our teams.”

Session Results

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:34.779
2Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:35.139
3Charles LeclercScuderia Ferrari1:35.219
4Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:35.339
5Alexander AlbonAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:35.682
6Lando NorrisMcLaren F1 Team1:36.436
7Daniel RicciardoRenault F1 Team1:36.456
8Carlos SainzMcLaren F1 Team1:36.459
9Nico HülkenbergRenault F1 Team1:36.710
10Sergio PérezSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:37.055
11Pierre GaslyRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:37.089
12Lance StrollSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:37.103
13Daniil KvyatRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:37.141
14Kevin MagnussenHaas F1 Team1:37.254
15Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team1:38.051
16Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing1:38.114
17Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing1:38.383
18George RussellROKiT Williams Racing1:38.717
19Robert KubicaROKiT Williams Racing1:39.236
20Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:34.973