F1 2023
Round 19

Max Verstappen Wins the United States Grand Prix Sprint

us Circuit Of The Americas

Round 19 of the season, United States Grand Prix sprint took place at Circuit Of The Americas. Max Verstappen of Oracle Red Bull Racing, supported by Honda as a Team Partner, won the sprint race. Sergio Perez of the same team finished 5th.

Max Verstappen Wins the United States Grand Prix Sprint

Scuderia AlphaTauri driver, Daniel Ricciardo finished 12th, Yuki Tsunoda finished 14th.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen 1
Oracle Red Bull Racing
We had a strong day out there today. It was quite tight at the start with Charles but after that we could focus on our own race. The pace of the car was really good, a bit better than we expected, we looked after our tyres quite well. Starting in P6 tomorrow will be interesting, we'll try and stay out of trouble on the first lap and then we'll take it step by step making our way through the field. Hopefully we can have some fun out there tomorrow.

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez 11
Oracle Red Bull Racing
I took off quicker than I thought I was going to and unfortunately that did hurt us a bit. We started well and had some good pace but we the degradation was a bit higher than I ideally wanted, so we were not able to push how we would have wanted to and got caught in a lot of dirty air. We need to sort the degradation issues for the race because that will be important, we may be doing things that are hurting us there. We have to make sure we understand where we can improve the balance come tomorrow too and work hard overnight, we need more pace than we showed today. We have some tricks we can do and have some good directions to go in. Tomorrow will be an interesting one, with a lot of interesting battles out there. 

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo 3
Scuderia AlphaTauri
I’m happy with my lap in SQ2 today. With the position we’re in, Q3 is a big achievement for us, and when we get so close, it’s a big tease. I’m really happy with the progress I made from SQ1 to SQ2, given we can’t really change the car from yesterday. We did some homework and played around with some things, which allowed me to push more confidently. It was good to be able to race today and again tomorrow, I really enjoyed being back competing, it’s a nice feeling. As for my driving, there were things I was happy about from the race and others I wasn’t so happy with, which are things I know I can improve on for tomorrow. With the temperatures and the way the tyres are, the grip feels low, and especially with the mix between old and new asphalt at different corners, it affects how the car behaves. However, it was encouraging that we had some pace at the end, so let’s see how it goes tomorrow. 

Yuki Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda 22
Scuderia AlphaTauri
I wasn’t able to do a second push lap in SQ1 because the chequered flag came just before I crossed the line. It’s frustrating because the opportunity to get to SQ2 was lost. Our car felt good, and the potential was there, so it’s a shame. The pace in today’s Sprint race was good, I overtook some cars and enjoyed it out there. Most importantly, we learned a lot about our long-run pace and have a lot of information to prepare for tomorrow, so tonight will be about fine-tuning our package. We’re starting towards the top ten for the race, and if we continue this pace into tomorrow, points are possible. 

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