The AlphaTauri driver has by no means raced at Melbourne's Albert Park, regardless of having competed in considered one of Oceania's premier open-wheel racing collection.
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Yuki Tsunoda has admitted that he has solely pushed Melbourne’s Albert Park Circuit as soon as within the Pink Bull simulator as he prepares for the problem of what’s, to him, a wholly new monitor.
The Japanese driver contested the 2020 Castrol Toyota Racing Sequence, profitable races and scoring podiums at circuits throughout New Zealand, however he has by no means competed in Australia.
Tsunoda will not be the primary driver to journey to a Grand Prix this season with a restricted understanding of a brand new circuit. Haas’ Kevin Magnussen final month revealed that, as a result of nature of his F1 return, he was pressured to study the Jeddah Corniche Circuit by watching movies of final season’s occasion.
“The Melbourne circuit might be fully new for me, and I’ve pushed it simply as soon as on the simulator,” Tsunoda admitted.
Albert Park Circuit might be new to all groups and drivers
Albert Park has undergone loads of modifications because it final held a Grand Prix again in 2019, with the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a two-year break from the calendar, that means the structure might be new to all drivers on the grid.
Various essential corners have been widened, together with the pit lane. There will even be 4 DRS zones, with the common lap instances anticipated to be shut to 5 seconds quicker.
“I’ll take my normal method with a brand new circuit and construct up my pace over the free follow periods,” continued Tsunoda.
“The structure has modified from earlier years and can make for a quicker monitor.”
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AlphaTauri have began the season content material with their automobile’s efficiency, though reliability issues have left them with solely eight factors after two races.
Pierre Gasly was pressured to retire mid-race in Bahrain earlier than Tsunoda’s automobile prevented him from having the ability to begin the Saudi Arabian GP.
However Tsunoda nonetheless feels there may be progress to be made in a lot of key areas, apart from their reliability.
“As we develop our automobile, we might be searching for extra downforce with out sacrificing top-end pace,” he mentioned.
“The workforce has a transparent image of the place we have to enhance. Bahrain and Saudi [Arabia] have been two very completely different tracks and, hopefully, we are able to carry out even higher in Australia, to combat on the entrance of the midfield.”
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Mike Seymour, and Thomas Maher look again over the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix in Jeddah, which was gained in dramatic style by Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen.