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Tsunoda gave AlphaTauri ‘fresh ideas’ with height issues

Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri and Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Scuderia AlphaTauri walk in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 15, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

Yuki Tsunoda has said he gave AlphaTauri “fresh ideas” in regards to his height issues. The Japanese, who’s only 152cm tall, said the team built him a “special pedal case” to ensure normal operation of the pedals in the AT02.

“I don’t know [if] I’m giving them fresh ideas for the car – I just give very natural feedback from the car,” Tsunoda said.

“But definitely I gave them fresh ideas I think for the cockpit – the pedals. They made a special pedal case for me – I struggle to reach the pedals with a normal pedal [case].

“So, for the pedals and cockpit thing I think I have them really fresh ideas.

“But hopefully in the future as well I don’t try to be like an experienced driver, I just give them really natural feeling from the car to the engineers and hopefully that all works well for the car.

“But, at the moment, the team is happy with my feedback.

“I think [Pierre Gasly and I] are really similar – feedback after the sessions is always really good for the team. But I’ll just keep the natural feedback and hopefully that will work.”

Pierre Gasly commented on his new teammate, Yuki Tsunoda, saying that both of them look “for the same direction” in terms of team and car development.

“The great thing is that with Yuki, we are kind of looking for the same direction in terms of development,” he said.

“We require the same thing from the car. So, it makes it, in terms of development for the team, a lot easier.

“Obviously I have more experience, that puts a bit more weight from my previous experiences over the last few years in guiding and being really precise in what we need, and I am ready for it.

“I think we have a good base already from last year, we made a good step forward.

“But there is clearly things we need to improve and I hope we can achieve that in the short term.”

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