The Alpine F1 Team’s Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon had a solid qualifying for Sunday’s Qatar Grand Prix as Pierre Gasly starts the race from seventh place with a time of 01:24.553s and speaking following the action the Frenchman said:
I am very happy to be back in Q3. Right from the start of the day, I have had a good feeling with the car and felt in a good place where I feel I could push the car to the limit straight away. I put in a strong lap in Q2, same in Q3 and in the end it’s put us in a solid spot on the grid for Sunday. It’s been a strong Friday for the team overall and hopefully we can convert it into points over the next two days. The field is tight, much tighter than I thought it would be, so we will see what we can do to close down some of the cars ahead. It’s the Sprint tomorrow and the aim is to have another solid day right from the get-go here in Qatar.
Esteban Ocon starts the race from eighth place with a time of 01:24.763s and speaking following the action he said:
“It’s great to be back driving in Qatar and it’s been a good day for the team with both cars in Q3 in Qualifying. Our day started with a busy Free Practice session and I think we optimised the changes well to head into Qualifying in a good place on car balance. The team did a very good job in turning things around quickly in such tough conditions and everyone has managed the sessions well today. We are in a good starting position for Sunday’s race but now our focus turns to the Sprint Shootout and Sprint Race where there is a chance to grab valuable points.”