Chinese GP 2019 - Qualifying | SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO

Chinese GP 2019 – Qualifying

250th F1 Quali session on Toro Rosso’s history done and dusted! It’s P11 for Daniil Kvyat. Unfortunately, due to the extensive damage to the monocoque from his FP3 crash, Alex was not be able to take part in qualifying.

Chinese Grand Prix qualifying 2019 by Scuderia Toro Rosso


Daniil Kvyat (STR14-03, Car 26)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:34.783, pos.10th, 10 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:33.783, (Q2) 1:33.236, pos. 11th

Chinese Grand Prix qualifying 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

Daniil Kvyat:

“It was a tight Qualifying as always, a very narrow gap separated a couple of cars, so a tenth of a second would mean two or three positions on the grid. I think I did the best I could today and the car felt quite good but we still have some room for improvement, although in general it was a very strong session. I think this was our best Qualifying of the year so far, Q3 was within two hundredths of a second, so it’s just a pity to miss out by such a small margin. Based on FP2 we have a strong car for the race and a good starting position, so we’ll try to do our best to finish inside the top 10.”

 

Alexander Albon (STR14-02, Car 23)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:34.600, pos. 9th, 11 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: no time

Chinese Grand Prix qualifying 2019 with Alex Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso

Alex Albon:

I had a pretty big crash in FP3 but I’m OK, I’m just more disappointed I made a mistake. Obviously, being quick in FP3 doesn’t really help you that much as it’s Qualifying that counts, but there are still positives to take away. I had been playing around with that AstroTurf at the last corner for a while now because it’s a bit quicker using that extra bit of track. It’s always a little bit loose and normally you can recover it, but this time I was a bit greedy with the throttle. I would have preferred to have spun to the left side of the track, but the car went to the right and I hit the wall. Looking on the bright side, we had a good FP2 and our race pace looks strong so I’m optimistic about tomorrow’s race. It’s not going to be easy, but I think we have the pace to make a few overtakes and hopefully get some more points.”

 

Chinese GP qualifying 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

Jody Egginton (Technical Director)

Both drivers were quite competitive in FP3 and overall happy with the balance of the car which was a positive sign heading into Qualifying. Unfortunately, due to the extent of the damage on Alex’s car sustained when he went off towards the end of FP3, he wasn’t able to participate in Qualifying. However, the guys are working flat out preparing Alex’s car for tomorrow. On the other side of the garage, Qualifying was – as we have become accustomed to – a very tight battle, with Dany finishing in P11 and just missing Q3 by 0.022 seconds. It’s a little bit frustrating as he had shown the Sector 3 performance good enough to make Q3 in the first run of Q2, but this is how is goes sometimes. The pace of both cars during the Friday long runs should provide us with some opportunities to have a good race tomorrow.”

 

Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director)

“Daniil is eleventh, unlucky to miss out on Q3 by two hundredths, but he has a free choice of tyres for the start and should challenge for points tomorrow. We are all relieved that Alex is fine after his FP3 crash. As a result of the accident, we are changing the PU and sending the one that was in the car at the time of the crash back to Sakura for a full check. At the moment, we do not know the full extent of the possible damage to the various PU elements. Alex can still do well tomorrow, starting from pit lane, as he showed a good pace in free practice and overtaking is possible here.”

Session Results

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:31.547
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:31.570
3Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:31.848
4Charles LeclercScuderia Ferrari1:31.865
5Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:32.089
6Pierre GaslyAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:32.930
7Daniel RicciardoRenault F1 Team1:32.958
8Nico HülkenbergRenault F1 Team1:32.962
9Kevin MagnussenRich Energy Haas F1 Team
10Romain GrosjeanRich Energy Haas F1 Team
11Daniil KvyatRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:33.236
12Sergio PérezSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:33.299
13Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing1:33.419
14Carlos SainzMcLaren F1 Team1:33.523
15Lando NorrisMcLaren F1 Team1:33.967
16Lance StrollSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:34.292
17George RussellROKiT Williams Racing1:35.253
18Robert KubicaROKiT Williams Racing1:35.281
19Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing
20Alexander AlbonRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda