The AlphaTauri seemed to be going well at Losail International Circuit. Both Pierre Gasly and teammate Yuki Tsunoda set good times on Friday and both drivers also managed to finish in Q3 on Saturday. However, neither of them were able to convert this into points.
Tsunoda crossed the line in 13th place in Qatar, according to him due to a poor opening phase of the race. “We were just too slow in the first stint on the soft tire. I really had to fight with the car,” the Japanese told RacingNews365.
“It wasn’t just the band, I also had a problem in the background. I know what it is, but I can’t say anything about that.” When Tsunoda changed tires he was a lot better.
“In the second stint the speed came back, but the first stint, the start, is of course the most important. I lost a lot of opportunities there because of that problem. Afterwards the speed was okay,” said the AlphaTauri driver.
Qatar was physically tough
When asked by RacingNews365 whether this was his toughest race, Tsunoda answered in the affirmative. “Yes, I would say yes. It was very hard physically, mentally it went well. I had to push every lap, but it didn’t work out.”
Despite the disappointing result, the Japanese says he has regained some confidence. “I have found pace again in the last three races. I have more speed and also more confidence, especially in the races. Not as much as in Barhein yet, but it will come back.”
AlphaTauri in battle with Alpine
The AlphaTauri driver still hopes to beat Alpine in the Constructors’ Championship. “Fifth place is still the goal. So we have to score points in the races because they got a lot of points this race.”
Competitor Alpine managed to end up in the points with both cars. Fernando Alonso finished third and therefore returned to the podium for the first time in seven years. Teammate Esteban Ocon crossed the line in fifth and also scored important points for the French team.
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