2018 FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS VON ÖSTERREICH
AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX
A difficult race at the Austrian GP with Brendon retiring and Pierre finishing just outside the points.
Pierre Gasly (STR13-02, Car 10)
First Practice Session Best lap: 1:06.394, pos. 10th, 36 laps
Second Practice SessionBest lap: 1:05.758, pos. 9th, 31 laps
“It was a good first day in Spielberg. I was in the top 10 for both practice sessions and I’m feeling pretty good with the car, hopefully we can keep the momentum for tomorrow! We need to be careful because we were quite fast in Paul Ricard on Friday as well, and then things changed. So I need to make sure we keep improving this time, also because this is a short track and the gap to the others is really tight. I had a bit of a moment in FP2 where the car got damaged, but the guys did a fantastic job to repair it and get me back out before the session ended. It’s a positive beginning and I’ll work hard with the team tonight to find some more performance for tomorrow.”
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:05.264, pos. 12th, 25 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:05.011, (Q2) 1:04.874, Pos. 12th
“It was a good day, we looked more competitive than we did last week in Paul Ricard, which is positive. We still need to work a bit harder and find more performance to fight with the guys in Q3, but I’m happy with the lap I did and I think we maximised the package we had. The car felt good, I think in terms of chassis things are looking quite positive, but we know with the straight line speed we are still a bit behind Mercedes and Ferrari, so overall we made a good step but there’s still work to be done. However, P12 is not a bad place to start the race tomorrow because we will have the freedom to choose the tyres.”
Race: Pos. 11th
"I think that was one of the most difficult races I've had. Stoffel and I had contact at Turn 3 on the first lap which caused heavy damage to my floor and after that the car was sliding everywhere. I gave it my best and we were running inside of the points, but it was super difficult to drive the car and in the end I had no grip left on my tyres. It's a shame to finish so close to the points. We brought an updated aero package to Austria this weekend, but with the damage I had on the floor, we lost a lot of downforce and we didn't get a clear read on it. Today there was a real opportunity to score points as we were running 8th with a few laps to go so it's a shame, but the potential is there. Now we have to focus on Silverstone next week and make a step forward."
Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director):
"Brendon was running tenth, doing a good job of managing his tyres, when he had to stop with an issue not related to the PU and Pierre was comfortably in the points, until in the closing stages, his tyres went off and he slipped down to eleventh. It's a shame, but with another race weekend starting on Friday, we head to Silverstone to try again at what is something of a home race, as our European F1 base is just down the road in Milton Keynes."