Yuki Tsunoda was the only Honda-powered driver to finish in the top ten at Silverstone on Sunday. After not an ideal Sprint Race, the Japanese felt happy to score points for the team.
Tsunoda did not shine at Silverstone during the Sprint Qualifying, only finishing in P16. The new format surely did not help him since he only had one hour of practice before going into qualifying, and only another 60 minutes in FP2 before the race on Saturday.
However, it was a different story on Sunday, as Yuki made his way up through the field and concluded the race in P10, ahead of his teammate Pierre Gasly.
“I’m quite happy for this point,” he said. “Yes, this week, the different format makes it a little bit difficult for me – one free practice and straight to qualifying, which I never had at Silverstone in Formula 1. To be able to score a point is quite good.”
Plus, he also confirmed that it was challenging to adapt to the track and find the right setup with the new racing format.
“I feel that this weekend’s format is quite difficult for rookies, as you only have one free practice session before Qualifying, which is tough, but I hope the spectators enjoyed this new schedule,” he said after the Sprint Qualifying.
Jody Egginton, AlphaTauri Technical Director explained how Yuki managed to recover so many positions on Sunday and finish inside the top ten.
“In the race, we managed to use the strategy to extend our first stint on the mediums, which worked out quite well and allowed us to jump some competitors with both cars.
“This allowed us to be in a good position to fight for the points with Pierre [Gasly] and then get close to that with Yuki. Unfortunately, Pierre then picked up a puncture from debris on the track and was forced to pit for softs near the end of the race, taking him out of the points. Yuki was in a position to benefit from this and has managed to score a point here.”