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Tsunoda’s gearbox ‘broke in half’ after qualifying crash

The car of Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Scuderia AlphaTauri is removed from the circuit after crashing on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 17, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Yuki Tsunoda’s Formula 1 car suffered heavy damage to key components as the Japanese driver crashed during qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

AlphaTauri’s technical director Jody Egginton assessed the damage caused to the car, saying mechanics were left busy until Sunday morning while repairing the damage.

“We’re still assessing it, [but] the gearbox broke in half, so that’s finished,” he said on Saturday evening.

“Power unit, we’re having a good look through now and seeing what’s gone on. And the rear suspension, rear wing, bodywork – but the chassis seems OK at the moment.

“That’s the last update I had. Not too bad, but it’ll keep the mechanics busy tonight and tomorrow morning.”

Talking about the incident itself, Egginton downplayed the event, saying it’s common for rookies like Tsunoda to make early mistakes.

“I think it’s just one of those things that happens with a young driver, early in their career,” he said.

“Any of these guys have always had these incidents. So it’s not a trend of him pushing too hard and going over the top. It just got away from him today.

“In hindsight, he probably could have taken a bit more margin, but that’s part of the rookie journey isn’t it?”

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