Scuderia AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda drove a strong race from 14th on the grid and had the pace to score points, but a five-second penalty handed down after making contact with Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu in the first turn left the Japanese driver 12th at the finish, while team-mate Nyck de Vries came home two places behind in 14th.
Nyck de Vries
Obviously, as a team, we wanted more. Although I had a good start, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got stuck on the inside, so we lost too many places and then got stuck behind other cars. We tried to undercut, but I was struggling to get past, which cost me a lot of time. Certain moments of the race were good and the last 25 laps on the medium compound were very competitive, so I think we just need to try and put it together better. This weekend has been competitive from the start, so I definitely think we are making progress with the car. Canada will be a different type of track, but I’m confident we can build on our improvements and capitalise on every opportunity.
I’m super disappointed and frustrated. I think the penalty I was given for forcing another driver off the track was very harsh but it’s something I have to accept. There was little space, but still, I thought it was enough. On the positive side, the team did a fantastic job to improve the brake issues we’ve been having and to put me in the fight for points the last two race weekends. It shows that the car is improving and the hard work is paying off. The weekend is done now and I’m looking ahead to the next race in Canada.
GUILLAUME DEZOTEUX – Head of Vehicle Performance
Until the very last moments on the grid, we monitored the weather closely as it was raining a few kilometres away. Surprisingly, it never arrived and we ended with a two-stop race, close to our predictions.
“Yuki drove fantastically. He was able to stay with Ocon for most of the race, which is encouraging regarding our race pace. Unfortunately, while defending Zhou in Turn 1, he didn’t leave enough space at the apex and received a five-second penalty for this, ending up P12. Nyck had a strong start, although he lost a couple of positions in the opening laps and ended up in a train of cars for most of the first and second stints. Nyck’s third stint on the medium tyre looked strong and he was able to close on Piastri towards the end of the race finishing P14.
This weekend feels a bit like a missed opportunity, as we believe we had a package strong enough for points and being closer to the midfield in qualifying. Nevertheless, we have learned a lot about our car in a wide range of conditions and this will give us valuable data for the developments coming in the future.