Tsunoda P7 rewarded AlphaTauri’s ‘insane’ work

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Tsunoda P7 rewarded AlphaTauri’s ‘insane’ work

Yuki Tsunoda was joyful to reward the “insane” quantity of labor put in by the AlphaTauri crew with a P7 end of their residence race at Imola.

The Japanese driver was one of many excellent performers within the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as he labored his means up 5 locations from his grid place so as to add some helpful factors to each his and the crew’s tally.

Though at one level he was on the entrance of a DRS practice, being challenged by Lance Stroll, Tsunoda discovered additional tempo and handed each Kevin Magnussen’s Haas after which Sebastian Vettel within the different Aston Martin – the primary of these strikes eliciting a cry of “let’s go” from the 21-year-old over the crew radio.

It was a uncommon weekend when Tsunoda outperformed his extra skilled team-mate, Pierre Gasly – and he now has 4 extra factors than the Frenchman on this yr’s championship.

 

 

The begin to the season has not been a powerful one for AlphaTauri, who’re based mostly solely 10 miles from Imola. Naturally, there was an enormous turnout of their workers on the circuit, and Tsunoda was happy to have given them one thing to cheer.

“The automobile was actually good. We didn’t count on it that good, particularly in comparison with Australia,” mentioned Tsunoda, who beforehand this time period had bemoaned a scarcity of tempo from the AT03.

“We made actually good progress by way of the week and I’m pleased with what I did.

“My principal aim was to attempt to obtain the factors for the folks from the manufacturing facility who got here [to Imola]. Additionally the individuals who have been watching within the manufacturing facility.

“The quantity of labor they did in the beginning of the season was insane, so I’m joyful to say thanks with my driving – and we maintain it like this.”

 

Talking on Sky F1’s ‘Any Pushed Monday’ programme, Tsunoda mentioned he had even been ready for the race to start out behind the Security Automotive – however the observe ultimately dried up sufficient for everybody to be on slick tyres by lap 20, after which no extra rain fell.

“Earlier than the race it rained fairly onerous and truly I used to be even anticipating a Security Automotive begin,” mentioned Tsunoda.

“This yr I really feel like it’s more durable to heat up the tyres. I used to be speaking with Pierre and mentioned I assumed it might be an actual wrestle for all the drivers to heat up the tyres, particularly if it had been a Security Automotive begin.

“However it acquired dryer and dryer lap by lap and from lap 12 it began to get actually dry.”

 

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