AlphaTauri have defined the challenges they confronted on qualifying day for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – which meant Yuki Tsunoda couldn’t set a time.
Tsunoda is amongst three drivers – together with Nicholas Latifi and Sebastian Vettel’s stand-in at Aston Martin, Nico Hulkenberg – who’ve but to make a Q2 look thus far this season.
In Jeddah, the Japanese driver couldn’t even get to do a flying lap and meaning he’ll begin nineteenth and final within the race following the withdrawal of Mick Schumacher after his large Q2 shunt.
However the points weren’t solely on Tsunoda’s aspect of the AlphaTauri storage as a result of Pierre Gasly didn’t have a trouble-free Saturday both, despite the fact that he’ll line up in a good ninth place.
“Though we now have been moderately fast right here in each session, we haven’t had a really clean occasion thus far with each drivers,” mentioned AlphaTauri’s technical director Jody Egginton.
“This has meant the progress has been very disjointed on each side of the storage and the workload larger than supreme.
“Frustratingly for everybody, Yuki had a suspected water system situation throughout Q1, which meant he was unable to capitalise on the nice kind he has proven thus far right here.
“Pierre suffered a disrupted FP3 however recovered properly. The Q3 technique was based mostly round two runs, however sadly the second run wasn’t good and we now have ended up P9 in what was a really tight qualifying battle for fifth to tenth.
“In abstract, though the AT03 has proven some cheap tempo thus far on this occasion, as a workforce we haven’t managed to maximise the grid place with one automobile, so attaining this stays a key level to deal with for the following occasion.”
Gasly revealed a bit extra about what had occurred to his automobile in FP3.
“We suffered some injury to the ground throughout Q1. We managed to tape this in the course of the session and get by to the highest 10,” mentioned the Frenchman.
As for Tsunoda, he mentioned he was unaware of any drawback whereas on observe in Q1 till knowledgeable by his race engineer he needed to return to the pits.
“I didn’t really feel something within the automobile, however the workforce advised me there was an issue and I needed to are available in,” mentioned the 21-year-old, who began sixteenth in Bahrain final weekend however completed eighth.
“It’s such a disgrace I wasn’t in a position to run as I used to be feeling fairly assured within the automobile this weekend and our purpose was to get by to Q3.
“It received’t be as straightforward to overhaul right here because it was in Bahrain, with most corners being excessive velocity, however I’ll strive my greatest to make my method ahead.”