AlphaTauri has been in excellent form in recent weeks, but was only able to continue that form with Yuki Tsunoda. The Japanese managed to qualify eighth and will start the race on the mediums. His team-mate, Pierre Gasly, is driving a fantastic year, but the Frenchman was already eliminated in Abu Dhabi in Q2. “We’ve been having a hard time all weekend.”
Tsunoda is therefore the only AlphaTauri driver in the top ten. According to the young Japanese, there was more to it during the third qualifying session. “The weekend was good, but going over the track limits in my first run made me a little frustrated,” Tsunoda said in AlphaTauri’s post-show review. “My confidence is completely back this weekend and I was able to show it on track. I was able to put myself in a very good position for the race,” said the rookie.
On the other side of the garage there is disappointment. All weekend, Gasly could not match the speed of his teammate. “We were simply too slow to get into Q3. I lost time to Yuki all weekend and we couldn’t fix that problem. We have been strong in qualifying all season, so we have to look closely at the data. I have a free choice of tires, so that’s positive,” says Gasly.
Different setups don’t work for Gasly
Over the weekend, Red Bull Racing’s sister team tried different setups on the Frenchman. Jody Egginton saw that Gasly’s car simply didn’t have the speed, in addition to the driver having bad luck in Q2. “We had to change a lot before the start of qualifying, but it was just not good enough. In addition, Pierre had a lot of traffic problems, which prevented him from setting a perfect lap. Fortunately we have plenty of options with the strategy for Sunday and we will try to score enough points,” said Egginton.
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