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What the teams said following the Sprint at the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix

Purple Bull

It was a case of ‘job completed’ for Purple Bull within the Dash, with Max Verstappen main away from pole and protecting that place all the best way to the chequered flag to seal a commanding victory. Sergio Perez in the meantime made his manner up by means of the sphere from P13 on the grid to fifth – from the place he reckons he could make the rostrum in Sunday’s Grand Prix.

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Max Verstappen, 1st

“It feels good to carry house the Dash win at right here at The Purple Bull Ring. The primary two laps had been vital for me to tug a spot, from there it was all about sustaining the tempo. The Dash race after all doesn’t provide the full image heading into the race tomorrow, however tempo sensible, it’s shut between us and Ferrari.

“I nonetheless anticipate it to be a troublesome battle tomorrow, we’ll even have the onerous tyres so it will likely be fascinating to see how they carry out throughout the race. It’s going to be crucial to make good technique calls throughout the race as you by no means know what can occur, it’s not going to be simple however I’m trying ahead to it.”

Sergio Perez, fifth

“It was a great race and restoration, I had a great begin and saved out of bother, it was difficult with Lewis and lots of people going facet by facet into flip three. We obtained probably the most we might out of the Dash and I really feel it’s a sturdy consequence from us. As soon as I obtained previous everyone, George Russell was a bit far for me to meet up with, I want I had obtained again as much as P4 however I can combat from fifth.

“There are classes we will take from the Dash race to ensure we’re on the rostrum tomorrow. Endurance can be key on Sunday; I need to get a great begin and get within the combine immediately within the race. I made up 4 locations within the first lap right this moment so hopefully tomorrow is identical. We’re nonetheless to unlock some potential from the automotive so we will stay up for the race.”

Christian Horner, Group Principal

“It was nice to get the pole yesterday and to get the victory within the Dash race and retain that for the race tomorrow is incredible. Max hit the tyres very onerous to interrupt the DRS, it’s fairly an extended stint and Ferrari had been saving their tyres, however that’s the technique we selected and what you’re taking out at the start you get again on the finish. Max managed it effectively and it was a fairly snug race for him. Yesterday was a troublesome penalty for Checo however he had an unbelievable first lap right this moment, he managed to select off the automobiles and made up eight locations to get again up into P5, which was just one place behind the place we thought he ought to have been.

“Tomorrow goes to be an enchanting race, you’ll be able to see the Ferraris are fast so we’d like one other good begin, a fantastic first lap and to get our heads down. The assist we’ve had right here in Austria on the Purple Bull Ring has been superb, for the Group and for Max particularly from the Orange Military. The followers all over the place on the planet have been incredible but it surely’s nice to be racing at house and it units us up for an thrilling race tomorrow.”


Ferrari pair Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz challenged pole-sitter Max Verstappen on the opening lap of the Dash, however thereafter it turned a combat between the 2 of them as they battled for P2. In the long run, Leclerc got here house forward of his workforce mate, which means they begin Sunday’s Grand Prix in the identical positions they certified in on Friday.

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Charles Leclerc, 2nd

“I had a fairly good begin. First, we had a battle with Max (Verstappen), which was a bit on the restrict. Then Carlos overtook me however I regained my place in flip 4. I simply centered on managing my tyres for the primary few laps in order that we might push extra in direction of the top. It was a great plan, as we picked up tempo and I felt good with the tyres.

“We misplaced a little bit time within the battles, but it surely was enjoyable and I don’t assume it modified a lot by way of the general end result right this moment. Tyre administration can be key in tomorrow’s race and I feel it may very well be an thrilling one.”

Carlos Sainz, third

“It was good racing right this moment, particularly the primary few laps battling with Max and Charles. Initially there was a possibility to get Max at flip 3 and I went for it, however I couldn’t make it stick across the outdoors. After the preliminary laps, I then needed to let the tyres and the battery recuperate, earlier than getting again into my rhythm and that was just about it for right this moment.

“Tomorrow is the actual race and we’ll be beginning once more in the identical positions. We’re all very shut on the entrance and the combat can be tight. Our rivals appeared to have a bit extra tempo right this moment however we’ll do our greatest to problem them tomorrow.”

Laurent Mekies, Racing Director

“Right now’s Dash race confirmed that on this observe too, it’s actually shut between us and our fundamental rivals. It was vital to confirm this in race situations and I’d say that this afternoon’s 23 laps confirmed it. I feel tomorrow’s race can be very carefully contested and something might occur. It is going to come right down to the small print, which is why we’ll now, together with our colleagues again in Maranello, analyse all the things in depth to work out how you can get probably the most out of our bundle.

“Tyre administration, particularly firstly and finish of the stints may very well be the important thing ingredient and we should be able to benefit from any alternatives that come our manner. Tomorrow will once more be a case of two towards two, as Sergio Perez made up a number of locations this afternoon and so the contribution of each our drivers can be important if we’re to get the consequence we’re after.”


George Russell stated he had one thing of a lonely run to P4 within the Dash as he wasn’t fast sufficient to catch the leaders however had a spot to the automobiles behind. Lewis Hamilton had a extra thrilling afternoon, surviving contact with Pierre Gasly at Flip 1 on the opening lap, earlier than dicing with Mick Schumacher and at last passing the Haas to take the ultimate level on supply for P8.

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George Russell, 4th

“First, thanks to everybody within the storage to get the automotive prepared right this moment. It was an enormous workforce effort, so it was good to get factors on the board. As for the efficiency, the hole was greater than we had been anticipating. We had been 13 seconds behind after 23 laps, in order that’s practically half a second per lap.

“We have to work in a single day to grasp why we dropped off the tempo. Small issues could make a distinction – the tyres weren’t straightforward to handle, and completely different approaches to downforce ranges will play a component tomorrow. However we’re in little question that we’ve obtained work to do.”

Lewis Hamilton, eighth

“I’m grateful I managed to outlive on the market right this moment. The workforce did such a fantastic job to get the automotive again collectively final evening and this morning. A giant thanks to them and I’m glad I introduced it again largely in a single piece. I didn’t have a great begin, then Pierre [Gasly] moved throughout on me at Flip 1. I don’t perceive why drivers do this when there’s a lot area to the suitable, and I couldn’t do something about it.

“Then the identical occurred in Flip 3 with a Williams and Purple Bull. I obtained some kind of injury, however no less than might proceed. After that, I used to be simply making an attempt to catch up. We’re slower on the straights, so I needed to wait till I used to be out of the DRS practice to overhaul the automobiles in entrance. That’s why it took just a few laps to get forward of Mick. Hopefully we will race stronger tomorrow – fingers crossed!”

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

“After such an unbelievable effort from the mechanics to get the automobiles constructed and capable of race, that was a little bit of a disappointing efficiency in velocity phrases. We failed to indicate our regular enchancment in race tempo versus single lap efficiency, like at different occasions this yr. George did a powerful job, however the automotive was missing the tempo to carry on with the practice in entrance.

“For Lewis, he had contact on lap one which price him floor. Then it was a great battle with Mick, who was preventing onerous for place. Lewis finally got here out on prime, so he begins the race one place greater than he certified. Now we have to study the teachings and enhance our tempo within the Grand Prix tomorrow.”

Andrew Shovlin, Trackside Engineering Director

“Everybody within the storage did superb work to get the automobiles out in time for the second follow session. We had an enormous quantity to do, together with a chassis swap with Lewis. Nevertheless it was nice to see how effectively the workforce labored below strain. The dash race in contrast was quite underwhelming. Lewis was fortunate to not be taken out when he obtained squeezed by Gasly within the run to Flip 1, so in some methods a reduction to outlive that. We’ll verify the automotive for injury once we get it again but it surely was a giant hit.

“George didn’t fairly have the velocity to chase the Ferraris and Verstappen, so we had been all the time going to finish up fourth however no less than we’ve made it onto the second row for tomorrow. We’re clearly lacking a little bit of tempo and can research the info and have a look at what we will do by way of superb tuning but it surely’s onerous to search out a lot now we’re in parc ferme.”


Fernando Alonso’s Dash was over earlier than it had begun when his automotive failed to fireside up on the grid, and the workforce had been unable to get it going within the pit lane. Esteban Ocon had a great run to P6, however he too had an issue together with his automotive that fortunately did not cease him till simply after the chequered flag had flown.

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Esteban Ocon, sixth

“Clearly I am very happy with this sixth place on the finish of the Dash Race right this moment. We obtained off to a great begin and managed to remain forward of Kevin [Magnussen] within the first two laps, earlier than constructing a snug lead over the 2 Haas. George [Russell]’s Mercedes was too quick for us.

“All in all, I feel we maximized our probabilities right this moment, securing a great grid place for tomorrow’s Grand Prix, whereas additionally scoring just a few factors alongside the best way. Nonetheless, yet another lap right this moment and the story might have been completely different, as I needed to cease the automotive at Flip 1 throughout the re-entry lap. The workforce is reviewing what occurred and I am certain we’ll be prepared for tomorrow.”

Fernando Alonso, DNS

“It’s extremely irritating to not have been capable of begin the Dash race right this moment. We could not get the automotive began on the grid so we went into the pit lane after which tried an exterior battery but it surely nonetheless did not work we had to surrender.

“The issue seems to be electrical in nature, and we’re nonetheless investigating it. Sadly, regardless of a aggressive stage of tempo this yr, I’ve additionally been the sufferer of dangerous luck, which has price us factors. I hope luck will flip tomorrow. Let’s have a look at what we will do within the race.”

Otmar Szafnauer, Group Principal

“Sadly right this moment’s Dash race did not meet our expectations and we weren’t capable of construct on our good qualifying efficiency yesterday. Whereas beginning sixth firstly of tomorrow’s race is a wonderful consequence for Esteban, we’re upset that we weren’t capable of supply Fernando the chance to begin the Dash race right this moment. It appears to be {an electrical} downside, which is why his A522 didn’t begin on the grid, nor within the pit lane or within the storage.

“We are going to look into this concern and the choices we’ve got on his automotive earlier than tomorrow’s race. Esteban was on a great tempo right this moment and we had been capable of study some good classes concerning the conduct of the tyres, which we’ll use to maximise our technique tomorrow. Actually, all is just not misplaced. Esteban has a great likelihood to attain factors tomorrow and with Fernando you’ll be able to by no means say by no means. I am certain he’ll do all the things to complete within the prime 10.”


One other wonderful day for Haas. After getting each automobiles by means of to Q3 on Friday, Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher adopted that up by ending the Dash within the prime 10. Magnussen grabbed two factors for P7 whereas Schumacher held off Lewis Hamilton for lap after lap, till the seven-time champ lastly handed him to depart the younger German ninth on the flag.

READ MORE: Who gained and misplaced probably the most positions within the Purple Bull Ring Dash?

Mick Schumacher, ninth

“I feel the battle with Lewis was fairly enjoyable. It’s shocking to see that we had been capable of combat for that lengthy, and even the Purple Bull behind us wasn’t that a lot faster, in order that was a pleasant feeling. I feel that we might’ve had factors right this moment however we didn’t.”

Kevin Magnussen, seventh

“I didn’t anticipate that we might have the ability to do this, particularly after this morning in follow. It didn’t look good, it didn’t really feel good, so we made some modifications however the automobiles are below parc ferme so it’s very restricted to how a lot you’ll be able to change.

“The modifications labored and the tempo was extra of much less again for the race. We’ve obtained two factors so I’m very joyful and we will definitely combat for factors tomorrow given yesterday’s efficiency. I’m trying ahead to a different attempt

Guenther Steiner, Group Principal

“Following a little bit little bit of a troubled FP2 the place we weren’t the place we needed to be with the steadiness of the automotive, the blokes did a fantastic job to place the automotive in a spot the place it was performing within the Dash Race.

“Each drivers did a great job, Kevin was the one one who introduced again factors, however that was because of the assistance of Mick. He first held off Perez after which Hamilton for a very long time. It was very cool to see Mick holding off a seven-time world champion. It was excellent workforce work and I’m happy with the consequence, hopefully we will do one thing comparable tomorrow once more and get each automobiles within the factors.”

Alfa Romeo

A blended day for Alfa Romeo as Valtteri Bottas gained a few locations to complete tenth, whereas Zhou Guanyu had a scare on the formation lap when his automotive shut down. He was finally capable of get going once more, and recovered to P14. Bottas will begin Sunday’s Grand Prix from the again of the grid following an engine change.

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Valtteri Bottas, tenth

“It was a great drive with some good battling, however we ran out of laps to make it greater than tenth – it’s a disgrace the factors solely go right down to eighth! We struggled a bit at first, with a slight engine difficulty, however ultimately we had higher tempo than the Haas, regardless that we had been nonetheless a bit too gradual on the straights – most likely a bit an excessive amount of wing.

“Tomorrow must be a very completely different type of day, ranging from the again: it will likely be an extended race however I’m assured we will make up floor. The tempo is there and I completely assume we will make it to the factors: you by no means know what can occur.”

Zhou Guanyu, 14th

“On the finish of the formation lap, proper earlier than the final nook, my engine instantly switched off. That was very unusual, and the primary time taking place to me; I needed to do the entire switch-off process, and that took a bit longer however fortunately, we obtained going once more. Other than that, the race has been very gratifying for me, it was a great comeback from final week’s crash, and I managed to confidently assault and transfer up the grid.

“We confirmed very sturdy tempo general, and I’m fairly proud of how the automotive was performing right this moment. I’m proud of my beginning place for tomorrow’s race, it’s what we had been aiming for after qualifying. We have to perceive what occurred right this moment within the formation lap, however I’m assured for tomorrow, I reckon we’ve got a great likelihood to battle for factors.”

Frédéric Vasseur, Group Principal

“Right now noticed each our drivers present good tempo, and we’ve got set ourselves for an opportunity of factors in tomorrow’s race. Valtteri had nice reflexes to keep away from a tangle simply in entrance of him, and was capable of shut in to the highest ten forward: he made good progress, though he should begin from the again tomorrow, having modified the ability unit earlier within the weekend.

“Zhou’s efficiency was outstanding, going from the pit lane to 14th on the flag whereas exhibiting actually good velocity. It was a extremely good comeback after a troublesome Saturday: if we’re capable of replicate tomorrow the velocity we had right this moment, he can be effectively throughout the battle for the factors. I’m assured we nonetheless have a job to play with each automobiles in tomorrow’s race and I’m trying ahead to seeing how the race unfolds.”


Each Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo made up locations within the Dash after a troublesome qualifying session on Friday for each drivers noticed them begin down the grid. However they’re bang in the course of the pack for Sunday’s Grand Prix and the workforce’s goal is a double factors end.

Daniel Ricciardo, twelfth

“There are definitely some positives to take. We moved ahead and had a bit extra tempo than just a few of the automobiles in entrance as effectively. It’s been a fairly difficult weekend, so I’d say that was one in every of our higher periods. We’ll clearly attempt to get into the factors tomorrow.

“I feel with just a few extra laps right this moment, we might have had an opportunity to crack into the highest 10. So tomorrow with an extended race we’d have a bit extra of a possibility. I feel the others will attempt to enhance in a single day, so we’ve got to nonetheless discover a bit extra within the automotive, but it surely was extra encouraging, and we stay up for tomorrow.”

Lando Norris, eleventh

“Optimistic general, we went ahead a great few positions and we must be beginning P10 tomorrow, but it surely wasn’t straightforward. I had to make use of the tyres quite a bit within the first a part of the race they usually then dropped off a bit midway by means of. Other than that, I am proud of the consequence. We did just about precisely what we needed to do.”

Andreas Seidl, Group Principal

“We hit the bottom working right this moment, following numerous onerous work in a single day to unravel the problems that affected us yesterday. The target for the Dash was to maneuver up positions and get ourselves into a greater spot to begin tomorrow’s Austrian Grand Prix. We managed that very effectively.

“The plan for tomorrow is way because it was for right this moment: race onerous, transfer up additional positions, rating factors with each automobiles. That is an thrilling circuit that produces dramatic races, spurred on by a giant crowd that generates an exquisite ambiance. We’re trying ahead to it.”

Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel finally completed the Dash lifeless final, after he made contact with Alex Albon whereas making an attempt to cross and spun off into the gravel in consequence. He faces a troublesome fightback in Sunday’s Grand Prix, however Lance Stroll is healthier positioned, having climbed as much as P13 on the chequered flag.

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Sebastian Vettel, nineteenth

“I feel Albon was a bit optimistic once we had been preventing in Flip 6 and slid into me, which price us the possibility to financial institution an honest grid place for tomorrow. I made it out of the gravel, however the automotive had some injury. It means I’ll begin tomorrow’s race nearly the place we began right this moment.

“It’s a disgrace as a result of we made some good progress within the early laps, and I feel beginning on the Softs was the suitable determination. There may be nonetheless an extended race forward of us and we’ll attempt our greatest to maneuver up the order tomorrow.”

Lance Stroll, thirteenth

“We had a great Dash right this moment. On the Comfortable compound, we had been capable of make up some preliminary positions however then obtained caught in a DRS practice. It’s troublesome to make progress given how shut the midfield is and the best way the Softs dropped off in direction of the top.

“We are going to acquire a place on the grid for tomorrow’s Grand Prix as a consequence of Bottas’s penalty, so that’s one place nearer to the factors. We’re understanding extra about this new bundle as effectively, particularly after a powerful follow session earlier right this moment.”

Mike Krack, Group Principal

“Lance managed his Dash very effectively. Like Sebastian, he was one of many few runners to begin on the Comfortable compound, and he sorted these tyres, chasing down Albon and each McLarens. He completed 14th on the highway however gained a place as a consequence of Albon’s five-second penalty. That places him in a stable place for tomorrow.

“Sebastian made a great begin and was capable of shortly catch Albon. He made a good transfer across the outdoors of Albon into Flip Six, however Alex ran broad and his front-right tyre rubbed towards Sebastian’s left-rear, spinning him into the gravel. Sebastian was capable of proceed, however we might see his automotive had suffered some bodywork injury, and we felt the protected factor to do was retire him.

“From our grid positions right this moment, we confirmed we will make progress, and we really feel we will as soon as once more problem the automobiles forward in tomorrow’s Grand Prix.”


Not a great day for AlphaTauri. Pierre Gasly was going through the improper manner simply seconds into the Dash after contact with Lewis Hamilton spun him at Flip 1 and prompted automotive injury that hampered him for the remainder of the day. Yuki Tsunoda had no such dramas, however merely could not discover any velocity in his AT03 and got here house seventeenth.

Pierre Gasly, fifteenth

“I’m extraordinarily upset, we began the Dash within the prime 10 and earlier than the primary nook it was already over. I don’t actually know what occurred, so I must evaluation it later, however I used to be alongside Lewis and impulsively, I used to be going through the improper manner on the race observe.

“The left-hand facet of the automotive was damaged after that, so it was horrendous to drive for the remainder of the race. Tomorrow can be an extended race, so we have to go away tonight and see what we will do to make our manner ahead.”

Yuki Tsunoda, seventeenth

“It’s been a troublesome day. I had completely no tempo from my facet, it was a unique stage in comparison with the others and the automotive was simply too gradual. We’ve lacked grip on the whole and had unpredictable steadiness throughout the weekend, we’ve seemed on the information and up to now been unable to search out a problem, so we have to go away and look extra deeply at this.”

Jody Egginton, Technical Director

“A really disappointing race for everybody within the workforce. Pierre and Lewis had contact into T1 on the open lap, which resulted in Pierre’s automotive struggling injury to the entrance wing and flooring, and this meant he re-joined in the back of the sphere. Yuki’s begin was okay, however he misplaced positions to each McLarens and Aston Martins early on and was unable to recuperate these later within the race, as a result of he was fighting the steadiness of his automotive because the race progressed.

“The web results of that is that each automobiles have come house in the back of the pack. We now have numerous information to undergo to diagnose the influence of the injury Pierre’s automotive had on his efficiency right this moment and to grasp why Yuki was fighting the steadiness of his automotive a lot, in order that we will get each automobiles transferring ahead in tomorrow’s race.”


Alex Albon had an eventful day, making contact with Sebastian Vettel when the German tried to cross him, and being hit with a 5 second time penalty after the stewards deemed he had pressured Lando Norris off the observe after they had been battling wheel to wheel. Nicholas Latifi had a quieter Dash, however struggled on the comfortable tyres and got here house P18.

Nicholas Latifi, 18th

“Not the consequence we needed right this moment. I felt after the second lap that the tyre may very well be a wrestle. Nonetheless, we decided as a workforce to go for it and to attempt that tyre. It didn’t really feel dangerous in follow, however we have to perceive why it didn’t work as effectively within the Dash. We had nothing to lose, so we’ll reset and see what we will do tomorrow.”

Alex Albon, sixteenth

“We had a great begin however then needed to keep away from a crash so misplaced just a few positions, which was irritating. I do not remorse the tyre selection [of softs]; we had been usually fighting tempo on the market, particularly once we had been following different automobiles and the wind modified rather a lot which did not assist us. We had been higher once we had been in clear air, however we all know what we will do higher for the race.

“I really feel the penalty I obtained was a little bit harsh. I am braking in a smart place and I wasn’t making an attempt to push anybody off, I am staying away as a lot as I can. However I really feel if you put your self on the surface with a automotive with limitations, you are placing your self in danger. It is a disgrace as a result of we misplaced just a few locations with that penalty. It was a troublesome race for us right this moment, however we’ll combat again tomorrow and hopefully come again stronger.”

Dave Robson, Head of Car Efficiency

“The Dash was very irritating. We selected an aggressive technique for each automobiles and confirmed some first rate tempo. Nonetheless, a penalty for Alex was very penalising and undid numerous the nice work from yesterday. General, it was a really busy Dash with quite a few incidents, and this has no less than confirmed that quite a bit can nonetheless occur tomorrow.”


Mario Isola, Motorsport Director

“Right now the groups had been capable of get some helpful long term information on the medium throughout the dash: good data for the race tomorrow, which appears to be like prone to be a medium to onerous one-stopper, as additionally confirmed by the efficiency of the tyres right this moment.

“Each compounds carried out effectively, with the medium being the extra conservative selection that made it the most well-liked choice for the dash this afternoon. The comfortable was chosen by 4 drivers ranging from additional down the grid, and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll used it effectively to make up 4 locations.”

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the motion from the Dash in Austria, as Verstappen beats duelling Ferraris

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