F1 2023
Round 10

Max Verstappen took pole position for Austrian Grand Prix

at Red Bull Ring

Round 10 of the season, Austrian Grand Prix is taking place at Red Bull Ring. Max Verstappen of Oracle Red Bull Racing, supported by Honda as a Team Partner, took pole position, and Sergio Perez was P15. Scuderia AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda will start at the race from 16th and Nyck De Vries from 20th.

Max Verstappen took pole position for Austrian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen 1
Oracle Red Bull Racing
It’s great to be on pole here at the Red Bull Ring, it feels good. It wasn’t a straightforward qualifying because of all the track limits. It’s very hard to judge the white line here, a lot of us got caught out so at least it wasn’t just us. Today was all about surviving, we just needed to bank the laps as we weren’t able to push hard. It’s such a short lap here so we are all pretty close together. We’ve got a long weekend ahead so a lot can happen, tomorrow will be a completely different story. Today, the car was quick and we were ahead, that’s the most important thing.

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez 11
Oracle Red Bull Racing
I think we most definitely had the pace today and you could see that as qualifying progressed. I’m disappointed, especially with my final lap. It is always fine margins at this circuit and the first two laps that I had deleted for track limits the rules were clear and I accept those decisions from the stewards. On my final run in Q2 I tried to push as best as I could within those limits and was on a good lap but was in traffic and that was trickier to keep clean. It is what it is, we look forward to tomorrow, it is a new opportunity. The most positive thing is that we have the pace and then we will try and recover on Sunday afternoon for the race. I am feeling a little better but still not one hundred percent, my whole focus is on being prepared for tomorrow’s Sprint and then racing well on Sunday.

Yuki Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda 22
Scuderia AlphaTauri
I’m very frustrated because I couldn't maximise our performance today due to traffic. The second push was really good, Q2 was possible today, and obviously, the pack is still tight, so it's a shame, but it is what it is. Tomorrow seems different compared to today, with potential rain forecasted, so we have to be prepared, and I will put my full effort into Sprint qualifying.

Nyck De Vries
Nyck De Vries 21
Scuderia AlphaTauri
I think we weren't quite strong enough today. Especially as the session evolved, I felt as if we were losing performance. In my last run, I made a mistake in Turn 1 and lost two tenths, which would’ve put us slightly more in the mix. Nevertheless, I don’t think we were strong enough to proceed to Q2. Tomorrow is another day with new opportunities and different weather conditions, so we’ll get another shot at maximising our performance.

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