Yuki Tsunoda Relys On Past Experiences To Adapt To New Car
MDP Live - AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda uses his past experience to adapt to the new 18-inch car. He had driven a similar car when competing in Formula 2.
As a young driver in Formula 1 competition, Yuki Tsunoda was immediately faced with regulatory changes in 2022. All cars are required to use 18-inch wheels. The riders then try to adapt as early as possible to get used to it.
Luckily for Tsunoda, he only joined F1 in 2021. Previously, he had competed in F2 using a car with a similar tire size. In his trials with a racing simulator, he felt a similar sensation.
"Overall the car feels fiercer and has more efficient movement. Bigger wheels give you a completely different feel compared to 13-inch tires," Tsunoda said when interviewed by local media.
"I've felt it before because when we raced in Formula 2, we made the same changes there and changed to 18-inch tires. So, I feel the difference there. For me, the characters are very similar," he said once again.
Tsunoda himself must improve his performance in the 2022 season. As an AlphaTauri racer, he is required to be able to achieve higher achievements. Moreover, he has reaped valuable experience from the 2021 season. With that experience, he should have been able to improve himself and show rapid improvement.
Pierre Gasly Believed AlphaTauri Can Still Perform Better
MDP Live - AlphaTauri's principal, Franz Tost, believes that Pierre Gasly can still develop into an even greater racer. Gasly is a figure who has impressive individual abilities.
It is undeniable that Pierre Gasly's performance in the 2021 F1 season was quite satisfactory. The ex-Red Bull Racing driver appeared consistent in the top ten positions and often made surprises. Although it was satisfactory, Tost said that Gasly's performance was still not fully maximized. He believes the racer still has great potential that can be explored again.
"He (Gasly) has fantastic talent, but the important thing is I always feel he can continue to improve. If we are at his current level and give him a competitive car, he will be there (front row) 100 per cent. With the way he drives , his experience in how to manage cars and tires, he can read the races, which are all very important. You can hear him on the radio the questions he asks," Tost said in an interview with local media.
"He took another important step, a really big step forward. And again, if our car is working and functioning well, then he will be there (front row)," he said once again.
In the 2022 season, Formula 1 will implement regulatory changes. Tost had high hopes that Gasly could become a dark horse in the top competition.