Yuki Tsunoda was strangely satisfied with his last Grand Prix at Zandvoort. The Japanese, however, finished very far from Pierre Gasly in qualifying (more than a second and a half behind in Q2) and in the race he logically found himself stuck in the middle of the grid (before retiring).
“It’s a shame that we had to abandon the Dutch Grand Prix after unfortunately having seen my qualification marred by the red flags. But there were a lot of positive things to take away from this weekend. I think I got the right attitude to learn the track, gradually building up confidence and pushing harder, and the pace of the car was definitely there. We got the most out of the package, so now I’m very excited to see how it performs at Monza and hope to have a problem-free weekend that ends with a good result. “
Yuki Tsunoda arrives with renewed confidence at Monza as AlphaTauri has confirmed that the Nippon will remain in the squad next year alongside Pierre Gasly. It is a relief ; but it must be said that AlphaTauri had few other options, awaiting the breakthrough of Dennis Hauger who rushes towards the title in F3.
“After the official announcement, I received an additional boost, I believe that if I continue to develop and learn like I have done in the last few races, I can start to have more regular results, in especially on the circuits that I know well. “
“This is an important home race for the team and the weekend will be all the more complicated as this is the second time that we have tried the sprint qualifying format. I remember watching F1 qualifying last year with all the drivers slowing down to try to get some suction. So I expect qualifying to be tricky and I will be very careful about how best to approach it. I love this track, and did well in F2 qualifying last year, although I had an engine problem in the sprint race. “
“Before that I won at Monza in F3. The circuit is a lot of fun, usually with a lot of overtaking in the junior categories. I saw on social media that I get a lot of messages from Italian fans so I hope the atmosphere is really nice driving here in front of a big crowd. “