Yuki Tsunoda finally has a simulator at home after a long wait. The AlphaTauri driver hopes that this will allow him to sharpen his driving skills towards the final phase of his debut season in Formula 1.
Yuki Tsunoda has had a very mixed debut season in Formula 1, in which he alternates excellent races with unnecessary mistakes and poor results. Despite this, the Japanese was already told last month that he can also play for his current employer AlphaTauri in 2022. For example, for the last races of the current season, he already has certainty that he will be back on the grid next year. In preparation for those last games of the year, Tsunoda can finally rely on its own home simulator. Although it is not as complex as the simulator he drives when he arrives at the Red Bull Racing factory, the 21-year-old driver expects that this will improve both his driving and the collaboration with his engineer.
“I did a lot of laps. Of course, it doesn’t really compare to the full-scale simulator at Red Bull. That is of course not like in real life, but it is the most realistic in which I have driven,” said Tsunoda in his preview of the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park, a circuit that he does not yet know and on which he is at home with his simulator. can prepare in advance. “The big advantage of the sim is getting to know the track and being able to fine-tune my driving. I can also analyze something from my previous race or I can practice a specific situation. It is useful to have a simulator at home and I can also discuss with my engineer what to do on it or simulate a race weekend from VT1 to qualifying based on plans the engineer has made for me.”
Tsunoda started the season with a points finish in Bahrain, but then went through a more difficult period. From the Azerbaijan GP, the Japanese managed to get some better results again, culminating in sixth place in Hungary, but then it went downhill again. The error rate has decreased in that period, but Tsunoda also realizes that this was also at the expense of speed. “I was pretty consistent over the last five races, but the performance and the speed were not that good,” he admits. Although he has not raced on the Istanbul Park circuit before, he hopes to return to the battle for the points on the Turkish track. “This weekend I’m going to try to pick up the pace a bit so I can be more competitive. Assuming it’s dry, this looks like a physically demanding circuit through corners like Turn 8. So it’s going to be tough, but I’m looking forward to it.”