After scoring points in the Styrian GP, Yuki Tsunoda is confident that this weekend will be positive as well, admitting that there is “definitely potential” to enter Q3 once again.
Tsunoda finished in the top five during the FP1 session and in P6 in FP2, right ahead of his teammate. That showed that the Japanese driver has a good pace around the Red Bull Ring and wants to do well both on Saturday and Sunday.
“Again, we had a decent two sessions. We are quite happy, we maintained that pace from last week, and yes, looks like – I don’t know if it’s even better but – it’s quite similar.
“There’s potential to fight [for] Q3, which is positive. We also tried to work hard more for the long runs which was a bit of a struggle last race, and we found a couple of positive things. Also last week, teammate [Gasly] couldn’t drive in FP2, which also makes a difficult situation in FP2 for the long run set-ups. We had a positive two sessions,” he concluded.
Last weekend, Pierre Gasly missed FP2 due to an issue with his AlphaTauri. Plus, he did not have the chance to recover the time lost on Sunday since he retired after just one lap. Therefore, he admitted that during FP1 and FP2 on Friday it was not easy because he did not cover many kilometers around the track.
“I think we were playing catch up today with the FP2 we missed last weekend and the race, so there were a lot of things we wanted to try in the long run, trying to understand the tire and also the high fuel runs on my side,” he explained.
“So, I think there were a lot of positives, the pace was still there; struggling a bit more in these conditions, so I think we need to make a couple of changes for tomorrow, and I believe we can have a bit more pace tomorrow.”