French Grand Prix 2019 – Qualifying

Read our drivers and team’s comments after today’s Qualifying, here at Paul Ricard Circuit…

Qualifiche GP Francia 2019 della Scuderia Toro Rosso

Alexander Albon (STR14-04, Car 23)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:32.178, pos. 13th, 16 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:31.445, (Q2) 1:30.461, pos. 11th

French Grand Prix qualifying 2019 with Alex Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso

“I had a bit of a slow start to Qualifying as I finished Q1 in P15. I knew the car had a lot more potential and I had a much better lap in Q2, although the wind picked up a bit and I just missed out on Q3. The car was good todayit came down to such fine details which made the difference to make it into the top 10. Obviously, I would have liked to be in Q3, however, starting from P11 is quite good for us because we can choose which tyre we start on for the race. Looking at Friday practice, our long run pace is stronger than our short run, so we’ve got the chance to score some points tomorrow.”

 

Daniil Kvyat (STR14-03, Car 26)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:32.540, pos. 17th, 22 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:31.564, pos. 16th

French GP qualifying 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

“I’m happy with how my Qualifying went today, it was fun to get a good lap out of my run in Q1. We knew that my race was compromised coming into the weekend due to the penalty, so we focussed primarily on the race setup and put in the most laps we could to be in good shape for Sunday. We can look at this as an opportunity and I hope the hard work we’ve put in for the race will pay off. I’ve had good races from the back of the grid in the past, so tomorrow I’ll try to do the same!”

 

French Grand Prix qualifying 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

Guillaume Dezoteux (Head of Vehicle Performance):

“After a reasonable FP3 session where we improved our balance and tyre management compared to yesterday, we went into Qualifying with the target of getting Alex into Q3. The target for Daniil today was to out-qualify George Russell, who will also receive a power unit penalty. He was able to comfortably put in a time to beat Russell’s during his second run which saw him finish the session P16.

Alex did a good job in the hot conditions and was able to progress to Q2. During his last lap, the wind picked up and we were a little bit too close to Ricciardo in front. This compromised his first sector, but the rest of the lap was strong. We narrowly missed out on Q3 today, but starting P11 doesn’t put us in a bad position for the race as we have a free tyre choice and several strategy options on the table. A very hot track temperature is also expected tomorrow which will play an important role for the car performance and tyre degradation. With that in mind, we hope we will have an edge on our direct competitors and bring home some points.”

 

Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director):

“Since Friday, we have made progress with our overall package and Albon missed out on Q3 by a very small margin, but eleventh is a good place to start, with a free choice of tyre. So far, our first weekend running the Spec 3 Power Unit has gone smoothly on Kvyat’s car and it is performing as we expected. We must now look at the data as usual to prepare for tomorrow’s race.”

 

Session Results

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:28.319
2Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:28.605
3Charles LeclercScuderia Ferrari1:28.965
4Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:29.409
5Lando NorrisMcLaren F1 Team1:29.418
6Carlos SainzMcLaren F1 Team1:29.522
7Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:29.799
8Daniel RicciardoRenault F1 Team1:29.918
9Pierre GaslyAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:30.184
10Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing1:33.420
11Alexander AlbonRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:30.461
12Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing1:30.533
13Nico HülkenbergRenault F1 Team1:30.544
14Sergio PérezSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:30.738
15Kevin MagnussenRich Energy Haas F1 Team1:31.440
16Daniil KvyatRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:31.564
17Romain GrosjeanRich Energy Haas F1 Team1:31.626
18Lance StrollSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:31.726
19George RussellROKiT Williams Racing1:32.789
20Robert KubicaROKiT Williams Racing1:33.205