The AlphaTauri team exhibited their resilience and determination during a fiercely contested Formula 1 qualifying session, with Asian drivers Yuki Tsunoda, Guanyu Zhou, and Alex Albon delivering commendable performances.

Tsunoda, driving for AlphaTauri Honda RBPT, narrowly missed the Q3 cutoff but expressed contentment with his performance. “I’m happy with my performance, but I think that a minimal difference in my driving would’ve allowed me to get into Q3, so I feel frustrated,” shared Tsunoda. “P11 isn’t a bad position to start in on Sunday because it’s close to the points, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Teammate Daniel Ricciardo, returning after a brief absence, highlighted the challenges faced due to limited practice time. “It’s difficult to only have one session where you have to set the car up for what it is for qualifying,” explained Ricciardo. “I feel I could’ve given more, but we have another chance tomorrow, and the wind direction might change, so that can play a role.”

In this session, all three Asian drivers in Formula 1 outperformed their teammates. Guanyu Zhou of Alfa Romeo Ferrari outpaced his teammate Valtteri Bottas, and Alex Albon of Williams Mercedes outqualified his teammate Logan Sargeant. This notable achievement underscores the increasing influence of Asian drivers in the competitive world of Formula 1.

AlphaTauri’s Chief Race Engineer, Jonathan Eddolls, provided insights into the team’s efforts. “We split rear wing levels in FP1 across both cars, given the trade-off here between straight-line speed and downforce in the corners, and from this, we gathered good data,” said Eddolls. “We now shift focus to understanding how to re-optimise the car for the medium tyre for tomorrow’s Sprint Shootout.”

Session Results – Full Qualifying Classification:

  1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 1:34.723
  2. Lando Norris (McLaren Mercedes) – 1:34.853
  3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 1:34.862
  4. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 1:34.945
  5. George Russell (Mercedes) – 1:35.079
  6. Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing Honda) – 1:35.081
  7. Pierre Gasly (Alpine Renault) – 1:35.089
  8. Esteban Ocon (Alpine Renault) – 1:35.154
  9. Sergio Perez (Red Bull Racing Honda) – 1:35.173
  10. Oscar Piastri (McLaren Mercedes) – 1:35.467
  11. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri Honda) – 1:35.697
  12. Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo Ferrari) – 1:35.698
  13. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo Ferrari) – 1:35.858
  14. Kevin Magnussen (Haas Ferrari) – 1:35.880
  15. Daniel Ricciardo (AlphaTauri Honda) – 1:35.974
  16. Nico Hulkenberg (Haas Ferrari) – 1:36.235
  17. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes) – 1:36.268
  18. Alexander Albon (Williams Mercedes) – 1:36.315
  19. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes) – 1:36.589
  20. Logan Sargeant (Williams Mercedes) – 1:36.827

Asian Motorsport continues to follow the journeys of these talented Asian drivers, providing updates on their progress and celebrating their achievements on the global stage of motorsport.


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