F1 2023
Round 22

Max Verstappen was P3 for Las Vegas Grand Prix Qualifying

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Round 22 of the season, Las Vegas Grand Prix is taking place at the Las Vegas Strip Circuit. Max Verstappen of Oracle Red Bull Racing, supported by Honda as a Team Partner, was P3 and Sergio Perez was P12.

Max Verstappen was P3 for Las Vegas Grand Prix Qualifying

Scuderia AlphaTauri's Daniel Ricciardo was P15 and Yuki Tsunoda was P20.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen 1
Oracle Red Bull Racing
I think we maximised what we could today. I'm not a massive fan of street circuits, I prefer the high speed tracks where you can really push the car to the limit. So far this weekend we’ve been lacking pace with the one lap performance but the long runs looked good yesterday. Starting second tomorrow will be interesting, the lead up to turn one isn't too bad but we definitely need a good start. The race will be all about keeping the tyres alive, there will be a lot of graining. I'll ease myself in to it tomorrow and if I see an opportunity I will go for it.

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez 11
Oracle Red Bull Racing
It was an unfortunate qualifying. The gaps were super close, and we just didn’t maximize the full potential of our car today, we had some more pace in it and could have been a little bit faster - it’s something we need to understand. I also think our run programme wasn’t quite the right one, we finished a little too early, with four minutes left of Q2 and people just kept improving, there was a little more track evolution there. We will analyse it but on the other hand there is nothing we can do now, so let’s focus on tomorrow because I think we should be able to come through the field, we have a fast race car.  I think the DRS on the Strip should help the racing and we will see what we are able to do, we just need to be patient and I believe in our pace. I think tomorrow is going to be a very interesting race.

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo 3
Scuderia AlphaTauri
I think, as a team, we're struggling to extract the grip on this low-grip and new asphalt this weekend, which is shiny and open to the public during the day. We made some fairly big changes and steps forward overnight, but today, we couldn’t do much more. I’m happy with the improvements we made that allowed me to get into Q2, as we’re definitely struggling more with one-lap pace and getting the tyres to really work. I’m more optimistic for tomorrow because I think we're stronger in the long run. I don’t know what to expect for the race, but I think it’s going to be very close.

Yuki Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda 22
Scuderia AlphaTauri
There isn’t much to say today. I feel we didn’t maximise our performance and could’ve done better, so it’s a shame. I tried my best, but it didn’t work. We know we struggle with straight-line speed and expected it to be challenging this weekend. We changed my setup a little, but I didn’t have enough temperature in my tyres before my final push lap because there was traffic in the last sector, so I had no grip and locked up. The pace of the car isn't bad, and you never know what can happen in the race tomorrow because the grip is low on this track, so I’ll keep it clean and try my best to make up as many positions as possible.

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