For Yuki Tsunoda, the first visit to the Monaco circuit was a bit of a washout as he touched the barrier in FP2 and was eliminated from the session.

For most drivers this would be a reason to get angry and look for the mistake, but the Japanese showed himself unimpressed.

The AlphaTauri Team rookie has never raced in Monaco before and hit the barriers in FP2 after exiting the swimming pool section. The damage to the car was too great and he was then unable to continue with it. This left him in P20 on the timesheet.

Now he said why it happened and why it does not upset him too much:

“So, I think I didn’t push too much hard in entry, I think just lost the grip in the end. A lot of degradation there I think and a couple of gusts of wind and I lost completely the rear between Turns 15 and 16, and I just had to finish the session.”

“I had two sets of softs for Saturday, so I think it’s not the worst-case or the end of the world. Just, I have to prepare more for Saturday and try to put it all together.”

His teammate Pierre Gasly had a better start to the race weekend in the Principality of Monaco. The Frenchman finished FP1 in P7 and FP2 in P4. He was thus the fastest Red Bull car in the second practice session:

“It’s been a very good day for us in terms of pace,” he said. “It was great this morning, a good way to start in Monaco – I felt confident in the car, I could push really hard and yes this afternoon we’re still in the top 10 so we’re pleased with that.”

Gasly’s dream for Saturday is to finish qualifying in the top 8:

“We need to qualify well; we know how important it is around here so that’s why I really wanted to do many laps, get the rhythm, get comfortable in the car and I think that’s what we did. So, I’m pleased with today.”

“Objectively if we can make it to Q3 it would be great. I hope we can make it to Q3 and qualify near the top five, but I would say top eight would be very good for us.”

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