Singapore GP 2019 – Qualifying

Team’s reaction after Qualifying

F1 qualifying Singapore 2019 by Scuderia Toro Rosso

Pierre Gasly (STR14-04, Car 10)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:40.339, pos. 12th, 15 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:39.085, (Q2) 1.38.699, pos. 13th

F1 qualifying Singapore 2019 with Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso

“We knew before Qualifying it would be tight in the midfield to make it to the top 10 here. I managed to do it in Q1 with the ninth-fastest time, then in Q2 we just missed out by a tenth, so it was really close. It’s always a bit frustrating when it’s that close, but I think we did the best with what we had. Tomorrow we will start the race P12, so we need to look at our strategy options to see where we can take advantage by choosing our starting tyres for the race. I’ll be pushing as much as I can, it’s a long 61 laps where a lot of things can happen, so it will be important to have a clean race and keep fighting until the end to hopefully score some points for the team.”

 

Daniil Kvyat (STR14-03, Car 26)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: no time, pos. 20th, 3 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:39.957, pos. 16th

F1 qualifying Singapore 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

“I cannot be happy with my Qualifying, the last lap felt very poor and I knew once I crossed the line there wouldn’t be a chance for Q2. I ran into a lot of traffic which was unfortunate as it cost me some time, and a little mistake with the engine switch in Sector 1 did not help. Not taking part in FP3 hurt us quite a lot and at a track like this every lap counts. I wasn’t really in the rhythm when I went out on track for Q1 and I didn’t have a great feeling in the car. I expect a tough race tomorrow as it can be quite unpredictable around here, however maybe that will work in our favour, so we can have a chance to finish in the points.”

Singapore Grand Prix qualifying 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

Jody Egginton (Technical Director):

“After a reasonable Friday, today has been somewhat frustrating with a chassis side oil leak on Dany’s car in FP3. This prevented him getting any meaningful running and therefore the completion of the normal preparations. Pierre’s FP3 ran a lot smoother and we were reasonably happy with the car’s performance. Regarding Qualifying, Dany had a bit more work to do and unfortunately, we were not able to get beyond Q1 on this occasion, which is frustrating given the importance of grid position here, but we will just have to take some risks tomorrow and see what we can recover.  Pierre was reasonably competitive but again, frustratingly, we just missed out on what was a very tight battle for Q3. Looking ahead to the race, overtaking is difficult here but If we can make good use of the tyres and any opportunity which might arise from safety cars, there could still be the possibility to move up the field.”

 

Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director):

“Kvyat was unlucky today, as his car had an oil leak caused by an issue between the chassis and PU side at the start of FP3. The best option was to change the PU, allowing Daniil to start Q1 as normal. Tomorrow, as always on a street circuit, anything can happen, so we will prepare as well as possible for any eventuality.”

Session Results

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Charles LeclercScuderia Ferrari1:36.217
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:36.408
3Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:36.437
4Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:36.813
5Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:37.146
6Alexander AlbonAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:37.411
7Carlos SainzMcLaren F1 Team1:37.818
8Nico HülkenbergRenault F1 Team1:38.264
9Lando NorrisMcLaren F1 Team1:38.329
10Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing1:38.697
11Pierre GaslyRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:38.699
12Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing1:38.858
13Kevin MagnussenRich Energy Haas F1 Team1:39.650
14Daniil KvyatRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:39.957
15Sergio PérezSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:38.620
16Lance StrollSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:39.979
17Romain GrosjeanRich Energy Haas F1 Team1:40.277
18George RussellROKiT Williams Racing1:40.867
19Robert KubicaROKiT Williams Racing1:41.186
20Daniel RicciardoRenault F1 Team1:38.095