Scuderia AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda banked a gutsy point in 10th, with Dutch teammate Nyck de Vries unable to finish the race with the 2023 season now moving on to the Miami Grand Prix next Sunday.
Nyck de Vries
The accident today was entirely my mistake. It was very silly and unnecessary, and that responsibility was on me. I am disappointed with myself, but that’s the way it is. There are positives to take away from this weekend and I’ll try to look at them. I am happy to be racing again next week, so I forget this weekend as soon as possible.
It was a tough race today, but the team, especially the mechanics, did a great job repairing the car after yesterday. The engineers found a strong set-up, even if we lost some time in sector two. We didn’t get many chances to do long runs this weekend, but demonstrating a strong pace and building on this performance throughout the race was remarkable for the team. I am also happy with my performance. I was consistent, and being sandwiched between the two McLarens meant any mistake would cost us the point. It took a lot of concentration, but we achieved another top-10 finish in the end. There is still room for development and improvement to fight for points consistently, but I have confidence in my team to race stronger in the future.
FRANZ TOST – Team Principal
Firstly, congratulations to Red Bull Racing for another front-row finish. As for our weekend, we came to this race with some aero updates, and I’m pleased to say they seem to work very well. The team in Bicester did a fantastic job because we have been competitive from the beginning of the weekend. The highlight was, of course, Friday’s qualifying, where Yuki finished in eighth position. As for today’s race, he was overtaken by Stroll and Russell on the first lap, but this is what I expected as their cars are simply faster than ours. Nevertheless, Yuki did a fantastic job. He split the McLarens, staying relatively close to Norris and keeping Piastri behind. Overall, a big congratulations to Yuki for another strong performance, which shows how much he is improving race by race. Unfortunately, Nyck had an accident; he touched the wall in turn 5, breaking the front left track rod, which was the end of his race. Generally speaking, we have improved the car performance dramatically since the start of the season, so now I am even more looking forward to the next race in Miami.