Russian GP – Qualifying

Team’s reaction after qualifying

Russian Grand Prix qualifying 2019 by Scuderia Toro Rosso

Pierre Gasly (STR14-04, Car 10)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:34.564, pos. 11th, 16 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:34.456, (Q2) 1.33.950, pos. 11th
He will start from P16, due to a 5-place grid penalty

Sochi Grand Prix qualifying 2019 with Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso

“It was so close today! I’m really happy with the lap I did, we knew it would be difficult to make it into the top 10 and we tried everything we could. I think it was one of my best laps for Toro Rosso in Q2 on my first run. I knew that on the second run I really needed to risk it if I wanted to improve, but I couldn’t manage to do it. Every weekend we’re making a step and I think it was a positive Qualifying. We will line up P16 with the engine penalty, but we still have free tyre choice, so we will see what we can do with the strategy. We’ll push flat out and hopefully we can come back through the field.”

 

Daniil Kvyat (STR14-03, Car 26)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1.36.081, pos. 19th, 4 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: no time, pos. 20th 

Russian Grand Prix qualifying 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

“It hasn’t been a very smooth weekend so far, but the most important day is tomorrow. We knew we were going to start from the back but it’s still a shame to miss Qualifying in my home race. These things happen, we just need to accept it and try to do our best tomorrow for a strong race. I never give in, there’s still a chance to save this weekend. I’m a bit short on mileage because of the issues I’ve had, but I know the track, so I’ll try and find a good rhythm in the race.”

Russian Grand Prix qualifying 2019 with Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso

Claudio Balestri (Chief Engineer – Vehicle Performance)

“Mixed feelings today. On Dany’s side of the garage, we had an issue on the PU at the start of FP3 and we were forced to change it. As the process requires quite a lot of time and having to start already from the back of the grid due to a previous engine change penalty, we decided not to rush the job and skip Qualifying – it wouldn’t have worsened our grid situation for tomorrow. As for Pierre, we were able to produce a good level of performance both in FP3 and Qualifying, especially in the first run of Q2. Unfortunately, that was not enough to progress to Q3. Due to the grid penalties, the race will not be an easy one, but the car showed some good pace during the long runs on Friday, so we will still try to do our best to score points tomorrow.”

 

Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director):

“Verstappen starts ninth tomorrow and our other three will be further down the back of the grid. However, we still feel they can move up the order and have a good race.  Kvyat, suffered a PU failure in FP3, so that we have had to change his PU again and he took no part in qualifying. We will now carry out a full investigation as to the cause.”

Session Results

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Charles LeclercScuderia Ferrari1:31.628
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:32.030
3Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:32.053
4Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:32.632
5Carlos SainzMcLaren F1 Team1:33.222
6Nico HülkenbergRenault F1 Team1:33.289
7Lando NorrisMcLaren F1 Team1:33.301
8Romain GrosjeanRich Energy Haas F1 Team1:33.517
9Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:32.310
10Daniel RicciardoRenault F1 Team1:33.661
11Sergio PérezSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:33.958
12Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing1:34.037
13Kevin MagnussenRich Energy Haas F1 Team1:34.082
14Lance StrollSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:34.233
15Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing1:34.840
16Pierre GaslyRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:33.950
17George RussellROKiT Williams Racing1:35.356
18Robert KubicaROKiT Williams Racing1:36.474
19Daniil KvyatRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda
20Alexander AlbonAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:39.197