Entertainment Mixed Emotions at Alphatauri: Gasly Happy, Tsunoda Crasht
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SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen carried on where he left off last weekend, topping the first practice session Friday at the Austrian Grand Prix on Red Bull's home track. The Dutch driver won here last Sunday to extend his lead over defending champion Lewis Hamilton to 18 points after eight races, and the hordes of orange-clad Dutch fans will hope for a repeat success on Sunday. Verstappen led from twoThe Dutch driver won here last Sunday to extend his lead over defending champion Lewis Hamilton to 18 points after eight races, and the hordes of orange-clad Dutch fans will hope for a repeat success on Sunday.
for Alphatauri ended thein Hungary with mixed feelings. While Pierre Gasly could be satisfied with P5 in the first and P6 in the second free workout, Yuki Tsunoda's day was marked by a crash, which cost him a lot of training time.
In Curve 4, the young Japanese lost control of his AT02 and crashed with the tail into the distance limit.For Tsunoda, the training was prematurely by - and later in the afternoon, the 21-year-old was able to turn only three installation rounds.
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© Motorsport Images Alphatauri driver Yuki Tsunoda scored in Spielberg his best start position so good Yuki Tsunoda has never been cut off in an Formula 1 qualifying : At the Austria-Grand Prix, the Japanese of P7 goes into the race in the launch of P7, and after a convincing idea in time training: he lost only 0.166 seconds on Pierre Gasly on his quick round and now has good prospects for World Cup points. However, Tsunoda does not exude too much euphoria, but does not mean, "I am satisfied."
"I'm really disappointed over today," he sums up. "I made a mistake in the first free training and thus lost more than one session. The tail of the car felt very nervous, especially in the high-speed curves, and I lost a lot of time compared to Pierre."
So it came to Tsunoda's crash in the first training
most curves were "okay", emphasizes the Japanese. "But in two curves I lost a lot. I tried to improve myself in these areas and drove into the wall. That should not happen to me. As a result, one and a half sessions lost us. I have to learn from it," says Tsunoda reumish.
he hiddenly remained unhurt during impact, but the gearbox was damaged, which is why extensive repair and rebuilding measures were necessary. "He suffered a damage to the car that was pretty big and his fix took a lot of time," explains Alphatauri Renningenieur Jonathan Eddolls.
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"The mechanic made excellent work to bring the car back to the track before the end of the FT2, and Yuki could turn a round before the end of the session. He drove on the softs, but he landed in the middle of the cars The Longruns drove so that we can not see his time as representative. "
short exit in FT2 Nevertheless important for Tsnuoda
as a personal best time for Tsunoda at the end of 1: 18.770 minutes from the first free workout. His praise went to his team, which got the car flatt for a short exit again. "That was very helpful for the engineers as well as for me, because so we can evaluate the data tonight."
"So we could check if everything is fine at the car," adds Renningenieur Edddolls. "And Yuki will also enable to analyze the set-up changes that we have made to FT1 at the car. The predictions change here daily, who knows what a weather we will have tomorrow!"
is aware of Gasly. "I think it could rain overnight and also in the morning, so we could have other route conditions tomorrow. But the pace of the car seems to be good, so we can go with confidence in tomorrow's day,".
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Gasly satisfied, but: Alpine hard to beat
"I am very satisfied with this day, especially to Silverstone, where we had a little struggling," says the Frenchman. "It's good to see that we have recovered the performance. The car also felt well with these really hot conditions, so we'll see how we beat tomorrow."
from the midfield competition stabbed for Gasly, especially a car: "The Alpine car looks very fast this weekend, so we have to work hard tonight to beat her in qualifying." Alpine finished the training freelance in Hungary in the squares four (Esteban Ocon) and Seven (Fernando Alonso).
racing engineer Eddolls is still confident and in relation to Gasly Performance is a positive intermediate conclusion: "Pierres team had a very good Friday. We have a good start in the FT1, and he has shown a very good performance on all tires, especially in the Shortrun, where the car seems good to lie. "
"The race will be difficult, especially if temperatures are very high, because that's very hard for the tires. So that's probably an area where we should work for the rest of the weekend. We have some aero -Updates brought and they work as expected, which is really positive. "
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