Yuki Tsunoda hopes that he can fight Ferrari and is convinced that he would have finished higher at the Styrian GP if he did not have the 3-place grid penalty.
Tsunoda qualified P8 but was demoted 3 places after blocking Valtteri Bottas in Q3 of the Styrian GP, which meant he started P11.
He believes that he would have been able to finish higher than P10 if he was not penalized.
“Overall, I think it’s a good step. The pace is there already for in Austria, so prepare for next week to put it all together and score points,” he said.
“I think for me also tire management was good, was a good step compared to Paul Ricard.”
“In Paul Ricard the tires were completely dead, and in the end [here] still I was managing the tire and it went well. So I think this was a good step, but still – maybe I shouldn’t compare with Ferrari, but Ferrari had a really good strong pace in the race today. I think we should fight for the future between Ferrari and us for the team championship. So, yeah, we have to push more, but I think my pace is there, especially in qualifying, so try to nail it more in the next week.”
He felt convinced that he could have beaten Fernando Alonso to P9 as well last Sunday.
“100%. The grid penalty for me was really painful. I think it was really harsh, to be honest, but yeah I just have to try to not do it again. Also, there was also radio misunderstanding between us, me and the engineer, so we are now analyzing this to avoid this one,” he added.