F1 2023
Round 5

Sergio Perez took pole position Miami Grand Prix

us Miami International Autodrome

Round 5 of the season, Miami Grand Prix took place at Miami International Autodrome. Sergio Perez of Oracle Red Bull Racing, supported by Honda as a Team Partner, took pole position, and Max Verstappen was P9. Scuderia AlphaTauri's Nick De Vries was P15, Yuki Tsunoda was P17.

Sergio Perez took pole position Miami Grand Prix

Q3 was ended in a red flag due to a crash by Charles Leclerc (Ferrari).

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez 11
Oracle Red Bull Racing
Overall, I was happy with today, we delivered when it mattered and under a lot of pressure. It was good. We had a difficult weekend up until qualifying it has been a struggle. The track was improving but this tarmac has only recently been laid and is really sensitive, it has made things a little tricky so I needed that second lap. I knew coming into Turn 3 that you cannot leave anything on the table and it was important to make sure it was a strong lap. It never feels nice when you see another driver crashing or a red flag on track and I was a bit surprised, I thought we were going to go again and not end the session there, but that was it. I just want to do well tomorrow, it’s a new day and anything can happen. I have to be fully committed and we have to try to do our own race. The target is to get the perfect launch and then the perfect race. I am very happy; I feel like I am in a good moment but it is a long season and it is all about consistency.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen 1
Oracle Red Bull Racing
The initial problem starts with me today, I was taking the car to its limit and I made a mistake. I had to abort the lap and then you rely on a bit of luck that there won’t be a red flag. It’s painful and upsetting, we’ve been really quick all weekend, my fastest lap in Q2 would have been quick enough for pole which I think says that we have a quick enough car. Of course, I go into every weekend trying to win, but starting ninth is not the optimum position. My minimum target tomorrow should be P2. It’s going to be tough tomorrow for sure, but I made it tough for myself.

Nyck De Vries
Nyck De Vries 21
Scuderia AlphaTauri
Of course, we always want more but looking at FP1 and FP2, we as a team are satisfied and happy with the performance gains we made. We found ourselves on the backfoot, but the progress we made overnight helped us reach Q2 for the first time, which is a great accomplishment for us. We are lacking long run experience here and overtaking is difficult, but it will be a long race and maybe there will be opportunities, which we can capitalise on. Grip levels are low, especially if you are off-line it can become very slippery, but it’s a new day tomorrow and the race is on!

Yuki Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda 22
Scuderia AlphaTauri
It’s definitely not the result we wanted. We didn’t have the pace from the early stages and struggled a lot. The midfield is as close as it has been over the past few races, but tomorrow is a new day, so we will see how it goes. We changed the setup a lot, still it didn’t seem to work well, but we have to move on and remain focussed. The balance itself was alright, however the grip was poor. We have to accept it’s difficult and it’s not my best qualifying, but we’ll analyse all the data tonight, trying to find some more performance for tomorrow.

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