May 14, 2021

Tsunoda taking setbacks “in his stride”


In the round-up: AlphaTauri’s technical director Jody Egginton praised how Yuki Tsunoda dealt with setbacks over the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend.

In brief

Tsunoda “on a very steep learning curve”

Egginton described how the team is helping rookie Tsunoda handle the “ups and downs” of Formula 1, as he gets used to the challenges of the midfield.

“His speed was not in doubt from F2. He deserved his shot. He’s come along. He’s on a very steep learning curve as any young driver is coming into the Formula 1 world. But he’s taken it step by step, he’s absorbing a lot of information and he is communicating well. And we’re understanding what he wants from the car and he’s working with his engineering team. He’s a quick learner.

“We had a few ups and downs [in Bahrain], he’s been very quick, we had a few little issues with the car and he’s taken that in stride. It’s frustrating for him as it is for everybody – if it wasn’t frustrating for him, that would be a worry, actually.

“But he bounced back from it. And so far it’s been really good. It’s really refreshing with the young guys in the team. AlphaTauri, Toro Rosso has got a history of working with young drivers and it’s just another one. I quite enjoy it, the challenge and the team’s good. Without being big-headed the team is good at working with young drivers, I think it’s fair to say that the record of the drivers that have been through the team highlights that the engineers are good.

“It’s great, it’s refreshing, it’s a challenge, but he’s delivering. We’re going to have ups and downs but he’s delivering and I think that’s important because we’re firmly in the midfield it appears.”

AlphaTauri factory heated by wine by-product

As part of Formula 1’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2030, AlphaTauri have been adapting their factory and working practices in preparation.

Changes include heating their Faenza facility with hot water from burning biomass accumulated as a side product of the local wine industry and moving the whole facility to a completely zero-tolerance policy on single-use plastics, including for staff and guests while on site.

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