Brazilian GP – Qualifying

Team’s reaction after qualifying

F1 Brazil qualifying 2019 by Scuderia Toro Rosso

Pierre Gasly (STR14-04, Car 10)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:09.625, pos. 12th, 19 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:08.909, (Q2) 1:08.770, (Q3) 1:08.837, pos. 7th
He will start tomorrow’s race from P6.

F1 Brazil qualifying 2019 with Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso

“I’m really happy with how Qualifying went today! I’d like to pass on a massive thanks to the team for giving me a competitive car. It feels like pole position for us today as P7 in the midfield is the best we can expect. We knew it was going to be a tight Qualifying, so it feels great to get my fourth Q3 in a row. I felt good in the car all weekend, now we need to stay focussed for tomorrow and finish the job by scoring as many points as possible in the race.”

Daniil Kvyat (STR14-03, Car 26)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:09.415, pos. 7th, 22 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:09.320, pos. 16th 

F1 Brazil qualifying 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

“It’s just a shame today. I was feeling really good in the car during FP3 this morning and I was positive going into Qualifying. Then in the afternoon, the car wasn’t in the right balance window anymore. On the second run I made a couple of mistakes which didn’t allow me to improve on my time, I’m not sure what happened, but I lost the rhythm and I couldn’t put everything together. However, my race pace is generally strong, and even if P16 isn’t ideal let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”

Brazil Grand Prix qualifying 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

Claudio Balestri (Chief Engineer – Vehicle Performance):

“Following an eventful Friday, we worked hard to prepare both cars for Saturday. This morning in FP3 we mainly focused on Quali, optimizing the car setup and tyre preparation, and we showed some good lap times with both drivers. We went into Quali very well prepared but unfortunately, we were not able to get through to Q2 with Daniil, while with Pierre we extracted the maximum from our package, adapting the car to the changes in track conditions. We were able to be the 7th quickest car in Q3 and now, due to Charles’ penalty, we’ll start the race from P6, equalling our best grid position this year (Azerbaijan Grand Prix – KVY). We now need to do our best to maximize our opportunities to score points with both cars tomorrow, in what we expect to be a tight midfield battle.”

 

Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director):

“A brilliant result today! Max was competitive all weekend and took his and our second pole position of the season. Alex was also competitive to finish sixth on his first visit to this technically tricky track. Pierre Gasly ensured we have three Honda-powered cars in the top ten. Daniil was unlucky to make a small mistake and get no further than Q1, but his long run pace looks good, so everything is in place for us to have an excellent result tomorrow. It’s worth noting this was Pierre’s fourth consecutive top ten qualifying result. It will be a long race, over the 71 laps and we will now ensure we are as well prepared as possible in the hope of converting today’s strong performance into another one tomorrow.”

Session Results

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:07.508
2Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:07.631
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:07.699
4Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:07.874
5Alexander AlbonAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:07.935
6Pierre GaslyRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:08.837
7Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team1:08.854
8Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing1:08.984
9Kevin MagnussenHaas F1 Team1:09.037
10Lando NorrisMcLaren F1 Team1:08.868
11Daniel RicciardoRenault F1 Team1:08.903
12Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing1:08.919
13Nico HülkenbergRenault F1 Team1:08.921
14Charles LeclercScuderia Ferrari1:07.728
15Sergio PérezSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:09.035
16Daniil KvyatRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:09.320
17Lance StrollSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:09.536
18George RussellROKiT Williams Racing1:10.126
19Robert KubicaROKiT Williams Racing1:10.614
20Carlos SainzMcLaren F1 Team