New weekend format not ideal for Tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda of Japan seen at the Formula 1 BWT Grand Prix of Austria 2021 at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on July 04, 2021. // SI202107040624 // Usage for editorial use only //

The new Sprint Qualifying format, that will be introduced in Silverstone will not help Yuki Tsunoda to get accustomed to the track and prepare for qualifying as he would like to.

After crashing in the early laps of qualifying bot in Imola and Paul Ricard, Tsunoda said that he would change his approach to the session to avoid those mistakes.

However, since in Silverstone there will be the new weekend format which will see qualifying anticipated to Friday, the drivers will only have one free practice session to get used to the car and the track. Therefore, the AlphaTauri driver admitted that this will not help him at all.

“Now we come to Silverstone, and I have good memories from last year when I came third in the Formula 2 feature race,” said the AlphaTauri driver. “And, like the Red Bull Ring, it is a track that I have driven at quite a lot, going back to when I was in F3.

“That’s all positive, but the downside at Silverstone, given I have never driven a Formula 1 car there before, is that we only have one free practice session before qualifying, as this weekend we try the ‘Sprint Qualifying’ race on Saturday.

Tsunoda started to use his new method to approach qualifying from the first Austrian weekend, but he does not believe that the same approach will work in Silverstone. Plus, he added that performing well in qualifying will be hard.

“It means that the new approach I started to use in Austria will not work so well this time. I expect that having to perform well in qualifying immediately after FP1 is going to be tough.

“It will be quite difficult, but I will still try and speed up step-by-step again, like in Austria. But the sprint race is something new for everyone. We must also think that we can make set-up changes between FP1 and qualifying, but after that, we can’t really change anything. I think it is going to be quite a challenging week for everyone, but I will just focus on myself and on being as well prepared as possible.”

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