Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo hail ‘massive’ qualifying at F1 Emilia Romagna GP

At the end of Friday’s two practice sessions at the F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the Visa Cash App RB F1 team believed that both Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda had a chance to advance to Q3 on Saturday.

Mission complete.

Tsunoda and Ricciardo advanced to Q3 in the same session for the first time this season, and the VCARB drivers showed even performance. Ricciardo advanced to Q3, finishing 10th and the last spot in Q3, just 0.015 seconds behind Red Bull’s Sergio Perez. He is scheduled to start ninth in Sunday’s Emilia Grand Prix.

As for Mr. Tsunoda, he showed an amazing performance in Q2 where he finished the second qualifying segment in 2nd place and entered Q3. Although he wasn’t able to match the same pace in Q3, he will start seventh in Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Both drivers had a lot of positive thoughts after qualifying.

“It was a really good and positive day from a team point of view. We are both happy to have made it to Q3. Yuki is doing a good job and has been driving well all weekend. I feel very comfortable with the car from FP1,” Ricciardo said in the team’s post-qualifying report. “Qualifying was a good session for me. I struggled a bit more than Yuki, but I made some progress from the start of the weekend. Every lap I was trying to improve a little bit more here and there, but the first sector was still quite That’s where I’m struggling with the rap, but I’m going to continue to look at it and understand it more and work on it tonight.

“We’re in a good position, I’m happy in the car for the remaining laps, I’m comfortable, so it’s mainly a matter of looking at what we can improve there.” But I still wasn’t good enough to compete against players who were a little older,” Ricciardo added. “Looking at tomorrow, we are in the first half of the grid so we will try to get some points by the end of the race. Hopefully we can both get some points in our home race tomorrow. , let’s aim for that!

Tsunoda began by congratulating his teammates and the entire organization.

“Congratulations to the team and also to Daniel. We are showing how much speed the car has and I think the workload of the people working in the factory is more than we think, so they is worthy of praise,” Tsunoda said. “We didn’t expect such performance, but the team has worked hard on developing our car and the effort has been bigger than I could have imagined, making sure the car is consistent. The results are showing, as they are performing very well.”

“As a “new” team with a lot of new people, we needed time to get together, but now everyone is working well and we don’t make too many mistakes. They definitely deserved the result and we are very grateful to the team for giving us such a great car, especially at our home race in front of the factory staff in the grandstand. ”

Tsunoda admitted afterwards that although he could have shown a little more power during Q3, the team is in a position to deliver a great result on Sunday.

For myself, to be honest, I didn’t perform to the best of my ability in Q3 today, so I’m not completely satisfied, but I think I was pretty good up until then,” said Tsunoda. . “It was the first time I was able to get through Q2 in one set and that was definitely a positive. In Q3, my laps weren’t amazing. I expected more and I expected a better result. As a driver, I’m always frustrated when I can’t put everything together and end up with too much time.

“That said, this week has been pretty solid so far, so tomorrow we’ll be focused on getting the most performance out of it and finishing strong for both cars!”

Racing director Alan Permane praised both drivers, saying the team could “consolidate” its current position with a solid result in Sunday’s main event.

“It was a very good day for us. In fact, Yuki was faster in Q2 than Q3, so I think he ended the session a little bit frustrated, but we still wanted both cars to deliver cars that could get into Q3. It was a huge effort from everyone here and at both locations. This is Daniel’s first Q3 of the season and I’m sure it will be the first of many Q3s to come.” Permane said. . “We have a smart plan for what we will do tomorrow. We are in front of our nearest rivals so our goal tomorrow is of course to bring both cars home in the points and consolidate our position in the championship. is.”

VCARB currently sit sixth in the Constructors’ Championship standings with 19 points for the season. This leaves the team 12 points behind seventh-placed Haas and 23 points behind fifth-placed Aston Martin.

But with these four drivers starting behind Tsunoda and Ricciardo, VCARB has a chance to turn a “big” Saturday into an even better Sunday.