Yuki Tsunoda recently got a simulator at home and has already made good use of it. He admits it doesn’t come close to the real thing, but he can now complete a preparatory program from home with his engineer.
It has been a mixed debut season so far for Tsunoda, who has been highly anticipated after his strong performance in Bahrain. The Japanese had some good results, but also experienced several crashes. Despite the mixed season, AlphaTauri has given Tsunoda another year to prove itself. To help him a little more, Tsunoda has recently installed a simulator at home. Those simulators are obviously not as technically advanced as the real simulators of the Formula 1 teams, but it does give him the opportunity to work from home.
“I now have a simulator at home that I can use, so I’ve already done a lot of laps!” says Tsunoda in anticipation of the Turkish Grand Prix. “Of course it’s not the same as the full-size sim at Red Bull, which isn’t like the real thing but it’s the most realistic simulator I’ve ever used.”
“The biggest advantage of the simulator is that I can learn the track and improve my driving skills,” continues the Japanese. “I can also review things that happened in the previous race or practice a certain piece in this way.” In any case, it is a valuable addition for Tsunoda that he can now also work from home. “It is very handy that I now have a simulator at home. I can discuss what I’m doing with my engineer and we can simulate a race weekend based on my engineer’s plans, from the first free practice to qualifying, so we can work on it together,” said Tsunoda.