With difference in track temperatures from Friday to Saturday in the qualifying sessions, AlphaTauri struggled a bit with the balance during FP3 but managed to pull through for qualifying today.
“It feels like every weekend we’re Qualifying in a similar position and I’m really happy with that, sixth is another strong performance for us so today is a good day. I haven’t been as comfortable in the car this weekend for some reason, so going into Quali we had a bit of an unknown, which is why I’m really pleased we managed to make it work this afternoon."
The Italian team had a different tyre strategy than the others during qualifying but are equally as confident and excited for the second rounnd in Austria. With the softest tyre the C5s this weekend, AlphaTauri could be at a heavy disadvantage in tomorrow's race.
"We’re the first cars starting on softs tomorrow, so strategy will definitely be key in the race. We’ve shown that the car has the pace though, so I’m feeling confident," said Pierre Gasly.
The French driver managed to qualify in P6, getting a third row start for Sunday's race, while his teammate Yuki Tsunoda backed him up and will start two grid right behind the Frenchman in P7.