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AlphaTauri: Tsunoda’s crash on Imola is common in a rookie

AlphaTauri does not feel that Yuki Tsunoda needs to change his approach after his qualifying accident at Imola last weekend and argued that it is “part of a rookie journey” in Formula 1.

Yuki Tsunoda was a starred in his AlphaTauri in his Bahrain debut last month fighting for ninth place, but on the second weekend of the season, in the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna, failed to replicate that rhythm.

In Q1 at Imola Tsunoda crashed heavily after losing the rear of the car at the exit of the Variante Alta chicane. That meant he had to start the race from the back of the grid, but it also required a new gearbox and power unit elements as a result of the accident.

The junior driver of Red Bull He said he got “too excited” during his fastest lap in Q1, which caused the accident. Despite this situation, the technical director of AlphaTauri, Jody EggintonHe doesn’t think Tsunoda has to change his approach to competition weekends and called the mistake a situation any rookie can experience.

“I think it’s fair to say that, so far, he’s been measured,” Egginton said.

“The return started well. At the beginning of the turn he was neither misguided nor did anything ridiculous. Sector 1 looked pretty good and so did 2. He just stepped on the accelerator a little earlier and it all slipped away. “

“It’s one of those things that happens to a young driver early in his career. I think any of these guys (in F1) have always had these incidents. “

“So it’s not a tendency for him to push too hard and overdo it, it just got away from him.”

“In hindsight, I probably could have taken a little more margin, but that’s part of a rookie path, isn’t it?”

Tsunoda worked through the race to move up the competition by taking 10th place when the red flag was flown. At the restart he fell back in the qualifier and eventually finished 13th.

The Red Bull advisor, Helmut Marko, said the error in the classification was “a stupid mistake”, but joked that “you can’t make it even smaller than it already is”.

“I talked to him and he was pretty depressed,” Marko said.

“I had a fast car that was ready for Q3. He achieved good times in the sectors in his first round. I was too confident. “

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