Yuki Tsunoda: The car lacks grip

Qualifying in Jeddah for AlphaTauri was unsuccessful – both riders failed to finish the first part. The team’s best result was Yuki Tsunoda’s 16th place, while his team-mate Nick de Vries missed Saturday’s practice due to a power plant change and took 19th place.

Yuki Tsunoda (16th): “I showed the sixteenth time – just one hundredth of a second was not enough to reach the second part. It’s a shame, but I’m happy with my lap and the progress in qualifying.

As for the car, you need to get more grip on the track to go into the second and third sections consistently. All in all, I think we benefited from the information we gathered over the last few days – the team did a good job.

Tomorrow is a new day and I hope for a high race pace. The main goal is to focus on your race, give it your all and earn some points!”

Nick deVries (19th): “In the third practice session I didn’t do a single lap and I got straight behind the wheel in qualifying – the day turned out to be difficult. Given the unique nature of the track, it was difficult to get the tires in range for the fast lap. As a result, I locked up the rear wheels hard before the first corner.

My last attempt was not bad, but I lost a lot of time in the third sector. It’s a pity that a little bit wasn’t enough to participate in the second part, as there was potential for this. We want to move forward and the team is working together to get the most out of the car.”

Source: F1 News

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