Round 11 of the 2024 Formula One World Championship at the Red Bull Ring saw the third Sprint weekend of the season, which was a quiet affair for the Asian drivers of Zhou Guanyu, Alex Albon and Yuki Tsunoda. Asian Motorsport reviews all the action from the Sprint in Austria.

By Seb Tirado

Free Practice

The only Free Practice session of the weekend would see Tsunoda report issues with his steering column early in the session, finishing up in 9thwith a 1:06.579. Zhou Guanyu would finish up in 14th with a 1:06.919 and Alex Albon would finish closely behind the Chinese driver with a 1:06.995 in 18th. Tsunoda and Albon would also have a very close call out on track, the pair almost colliding as they headed into T9.

Sprint Qualifying

Tsunoda would narrowly get out of SQ1 with a 1:06:557 in 15th after spinning out on the entry to the final corner, knocking out his teammate Daniel Ricciardo in the process. Elsewhere, Albon and Zhou would be eliminated in 19th and 20th with a 1:06.754 and a 1:07.197 respectively.

Yuki Tsunoda running wide after his spin in SQ1 | Credit: Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

The Japanese driver would ultimately qualify 14th for the Sprint with a 1:05.960 after being eliminated in SQ2.

Sprint

Setup changes on Albon’s FW46 meant that he had to start the race from the pit lane.

After an aborted start and a resulting extra formation lap due to photographers presenting a safety risk, the now 23-lap race got underway and saw Tsunoda move up a position ahead of Fernando Alonso as Albon started his push from the pit lane to catch up to the rest of the pack.

Albon would quickly get onto the back of the Kick Sauber driver but was unable to make a move for a good few laps, as would Tsunoda with former teammate Pierre Gasly. The Thai driver eventually got past Zhou a few laps later as he started to fall back, as well as his teammate Valtteri Bottas on Lap 10.

After slowly dropping back from Gasly, Tsunoda would remain in 13th for the rest of the race. Albon would finish in 18th and Zhou in 20th, almost 7 seconds behind his teammate. 

Formula One Drivers’ Championship Top 10

  1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 227
  2. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 156
  3. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 150
  4. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 120
  5. Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) – 112
  6. Oscar Piastri (McLaren) – 94
  7. George Russell (Mercedes) – 86
  8. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 73
  9. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) – 41
  10. Yuki Tsunoda (RB) – 19

Formula One Constructors’ Championship Top 5

  1. Red Bull Racing – 339
  2. Scuderia Ferrari – 276
  3. McLaren – 250
  4. Mercedes-AMG – 159
  5. Aston Martin – 58

Header image credit: Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

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