Kvyat: “I was not entirely happy with the car”
Gasly: ”If qualifying can be held and it’s wet, it would be exciting”
AlphaTauri has completed two free practice sessions of the Styrian GP without major problems. As for pace, both pilots have been around the middle zone. Although the points are very expensive on Sunday, the weather may alter the results if Saturday’s qualification finally has to be suspended due to rain.
Daniil Kvyat (11th / 12th):
“It is a different Friday as we don’t know if we will be able to hit the track tomorrow or not, so we have tried to do a lot of work. I have not been entirely happy with the car and I think we still have to improve. However, This is normal on Fridays, there is always something to correct for the rest of the weekend. We are going to focus on today’s data to understand what we can do. ”
Pierre gasly (8th / 11th):
“It was a positive day for us. The first session was quite busy, but I think we have carried out all the tests we wanted to do. We have tried a different set-up compared to last week, which has helped us to understanding our car a little bit better and I feel like we have taken a step forward. So it was a good start to the weekend. Let’s see what happens tomorrow over time. If qualifying can be held and it’s wet, it would be exciting ” .
Guillaume Dezoteux, performance manager:
“After a good first weekend here at the Red Bull Ring, we have had a busy week preparing the cars. We have had a lot of support from the factory and have been able to bring several updates to the cars this weekend. We have also It was a unique opportunity for us to run again in the same place, as well as being able to try different things with the aim of improving the limitations we had last week in the race ”.
“Daniil has spent the first session evaluating our new parts. Unfortunately, some small reliability issues have prevented us from collecting all the data, but we have been able to see that the updates we have brought are going in the right direction. Pierre has had an easier session and he’s been able to try various set-up things. ”
“Our program in the second session has been somewhat different than usual. Due to the heavy rain expected tomorrow and Sunday morning, there is a real risk of not being classified. In addition, we have tried to achieve the best possible performance in so much so that these times could define the starting grid for Sunday. We have done three runs on optional tires with both drivers to finish eleventh and twelfth, which is probably where we are at this time of the season. After qualifying laps, we have started a sequence of long runs during which we have re-evaluated our different aerodynamic settings. We have learned a lot today and we have a lot of data to analyze now. Overall, it has been a positive day and we are looking forward to some rain now to put some spice on Weekend”.
Toyoharu Tanabe, Honda technical director:
“We are back on the same circuit as last weekend, when we had some problems with both Red Bulls. We have analyzed their causes and have reached a solution that we have tested today. Our four cars have had a good day, but now We will carefully review all of the data tonight, including that regarding the changes we have made. While there is a chance of heavy rain for tomorrow, we have developed a slightly different schedule and it was great to end up with Max leading the time table. ”
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