June 16, 2021

Tsunoda says his Imola mistakes were “really not acceptable”


In the round-up: AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda pans his performance in last weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, saying his mistake-filled weekend was unnaceptable.

In brief

Tsunoda pans own performance

AlphaTauri had the pace in the dry to get a strong result at Imola, and in the wet the team also looked competitive on the intermediate tyre. But their driver Yuki Tsunoda qualified last and finished a distant 12th, outside of the points and with a five-second penalty too for track limits violations.

Tsunoda ripped the rear of his car in Q1 before he had set a recorded lap time, then on a wet track in the grand prix he made strong progress early on to climb from 20th to 13th place but then went off track a few times, often not enough to seriously slow him down and as a result draw the attention of the stewards.

“Doing mistakes two days in a row. For me? Not acceptable. Really not acceptable,” said Tsunoda. “I just learn from it this time, but just improve next time.”

His team mate Pierre Gasly qualified fifth and finished seventh despite starting the race on the wrong tyre compound and plummeting down the order during his first stint, and both his and Tsunoda’s pace made the latter’s mistakes even more frustrating.

“For me, Q1, completely my mistakes,” Tsunoda said. “Even in Q1, like when I see car performance overall this week, I don’t have to push like that much. I don’t know why, I just pushed too much even though I don’t have to.”

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

Formula E reveals new track layouts

The configuration of the Monaco and Valencia Ricardo Tormo circuits that will be used for Formula E’s next three rounds have been revealed by the championship, with the full-length version of Monaco being used for the first time.

Valencia will be the second permanent racing venue to feature in an FE calendar after Mexico City, and the Spanish circuit will use a 3.37 kilometre layout that after the turn eight left-hander (where Attack Mode will be located) cuts right rather than follow the circuit’s grand prix loop. That detour joins into the long continuous radius turn 13 left-hander that goes to the final corner named after the late Adrian Campos. The main straight is then interrupted by a chicane that incorporates the pit lane entry. It’s a different layout to the one used for pre-season testing, and will be raced on for the first time this Saturday.

Monaco has held an EPrix three times before on a shortened track that at Sainte Devote turns sharply right downhill to the Nouvelle chicane, which as a hairpin for FE led back onto the usual circuit. Now it gets to incorporate famous corners such as Mirabeau and the Grand Hotel hairpin as well as of course the tunnel into its races. To avoid comparisons with F1’s lap times at the circuit it will run with small changes though, such as a faster version of Sainte Devote, similar to the corner’s original incarnation. FE visits the city on May 8th, two weeks before F1’s race.

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