Scuderia AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda narrowly missed out on the points as he finished in 11th place, while team-mate Pierre Gasly – who will be replaced by Dutchman Nyck de Vries next season – was 14th in his final race for the team.
I don’t have many things to say about the race, we tried something different today, but it didn’t seem to work. It was my last with Scuderia AlphaTauri, and sadly tonight didn’t reflect our time together. I will remember everything I have experienced with the team over the years: my first race in Formula 1, first podium and first win. I know that I am a better driver today because of them, and I am so grateful for all these achievements. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone I’ve worked with. They’ve all done a tremendous job. We’ve had three amazing podiums, and now it’s time to celebrate these unforgettable memories together.
I did the best I could out there today, so I have to be pleased with that. Unfortunately, the tyre just dropped off at the end, and I couldn’t keep up the pace and make it to the points. It’s been a tough year for the team, but on the positive side, I’ve learnt a lot, especially from Pierre. It’s been a pleasure to work with him over the last two years, and I want to thank him for everything he’s done for the team and me.
JONATHAN EDDOLLS – Chief Race Engineer
Yuki put in a solid and consistent race today, fighting for the final points positions. Unfortunately, the timing of the last stop from Albon forced us onto the soft tyre a bit earlier than planned. This compound did not quite have enough left in it to keep the pressure up on Vettel and Ricciardo for a top-10 finish. Starting Pierre on the soft tyre was aggressive, but given he qualified out of position, we felt we had to take a risk to try and move forward quickly. This tyre actually performed reasonably well, meaning he was boxing in phase with the cars around him. Whilst Pierre was outside the points. We extended the middle stint to see if any opportunity to take on the new tyre late would come around. However, this was not the case, and although we got him ahead of the Haas cars, we could not move him further forward towards the points. It’s been a long season, and unfortunately, we have not been able to deliver the level of performance of the previous two years in 2022, but the entire team is totally focused on addressing this for next year. Finally, on behalf of the team, I would like to thank Pierre for his hard work and dedication, he has been an important part of our success in recent seasons, and we wish him well in 2023.