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Tsunoda explains how AlphaTauri adapted to his short frame

Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Scuderia AlphaTauri is interviewed in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 25, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

Yuki Tsunoda is the shortest driver of the grid as of now, with a height of 5ft 2in, his fitting in the AlphaTauri machine was not easy, and the Japanese explained how it went.

“First, I have to put a lot of foam inside the monocoque to make my seat position higher to see the view clearly,” he said. “And also, we made a quite special pedal case [for me] to reach the pedals.”

Tsunoda denied any advantage, either in weight distribution or aerodynamics, in being short.

“We had a lot of work, we put quite a lot of efforts to make the perfect seat, so for me, it isn’t much of a big advantage,” he said.

“I don’t see it as a big [advantage] in Formula 1 because the FIA decided you have to have the weight distribution, and you can’t choose the place you want to put it, so it meant for weight distribution there’s a tiny bit of an advantage but not much.

“And for aerodynamics, for me, I don’t see much [of a] big difference because in Formula 1 especially now, they’re made for [big drivers],” he concluded.

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