2021 Alpha Tauri F1 Team

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What happened to Gasly exactly? Was his suspension broken? No PU issues?
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Sieper wrote:
Mon Oct 25, 2021 12:57 am
What happened to Gasly exactly? Was his suspension broken? No PU issues?
I also thought first it is pu but then remembered what happened to vettel when he was in Ferrari. I think if it was pu he would not drive until pit.

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I hope so, it would be a big issue imho of the PU did went. Hopefully more news soon.
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Gasly was asked in the race if it was engine or something else and he said suspension (it was on the TV coverage).

He also says "Unfortunately, we had a suspension problem today, that forced us to retire the car. At the moment we don’t know the real cause, so we’ll have to go away and investigate this", see this race report: https://honda.racing/f1/post/usa_sunday.

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02 November 2021 Hola Mexico!

Pierre Gasly:

“It was a shame I had to retire in Austin as we could have got both cars home in the top 10 and made up a couple more points to Alpine. But overall, it was a strong event with both cars in Q3, clearly outperforming Aston Martin and Alpine all weekend. So even with two DNFs in the last four races, the fight for fifth place in the championship is still very much on.
We now have a triple-header and it’s the first time we have travelled this far from home for a couple of seasons. Rest, recovery and sleeping well will be important because it’s going to be quite complicated with all the different time zones. Since Austin, I returned to Europe to go on the simulator so I’ve crossed the time zone again and now we’re heading to Mexico to start these three races, with long flights and a change of continent. It’s important to be at 100% for each of these races. In terms of the car itself it’s a case of getting the best out of a package that we now know very well, the other important factor is that some of the upcoming circuits will suit us better than others.
The last time we came to Mexico in 2019 I finished ninth. It’s the sort of track where you have to be on top form, especially with the altitude which makes things more complicated. You certainly feel it if you go running, but when you’re in the car you don’t notice, although it does put more of a strain on the car, the Power Unit, the brakes, in fact any part where cooling is required. And on the aero side we run maximum downforce, but the air density means the cars feel as though you have less wing than at Monza and you slide around a lot. Every year, the crowd is amazing and this year I expect it will be really crazy given the success that Checo and Red Bull are having this year. The atmosphere is incredible.”

Yuki Tsunoda:

“It was a good weekend in Austin, getting into Q3 again and scoring points. I enjoyed the whole race week. I performed quite consistently, improving all the time, with very busy free practice sessions as we improved the car and I got used to the track. I knew the pace was there and that I just had to put it all together for Qualifying. It was a good step.
We now have three races in a row and I expect it will be very tough, moving around with long flights in between and a complicated jet lag situation. These three tracks will be completely new to me and they look quite tricky. On top of that, in Brazil we have the Sprint Qualifying format again, which means less free practice. I am going to once again focus on making progress through the sessions and stick to my plan. I am keen to see what effect the altitude in Mexico City will have on me, as I have never driven before in these conditions. With a helmet on, I can imagine it could be quite difficult and demanding on the neck and arms, but apparently the main effect is on your heart rate. I don’t normally have any issue with heart rate, but in my training recently, to prepare for Mexico, I have focussed more on endurance with this in mind. I’ve been told Mexico has one of the biggest Japanese communities in Latin America so maybe I can find some good Japanese restaurants! My only experience of all three of the tracks of this triple-header is on the simulator. Mexico seems like quite a special track, very different to normal, especially sector one, which is really tight with many 90 degree corners and some slow turns, one of which is only around 60 to 70 km/h. I heard that because of the altitude the thinner air has a big impact on the aero downforce so all these factors mean I think Mexico will be very interesting but not such an easy experience for me.”
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Gasly making his sponsors happy?

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Number of power unit elements during this season so far:
22 AlphaTauri Honda Yuki Tsunoda 3 3 3 3 3 3 6

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\:D/ \:D/ \:D/ =D> 4th place!!

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Underrated car and driver(Gasly). The AT02 has been designed to work well at most all tracks and Gasly has been undoubtedly quick since testing. Arguably, the AT02 has been the more consistent car across qualifying sessions than either McLaren or Ferrari.

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thats pity that tsunoda couldn't finish the race. I think he also could finish in points

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etusch wrote:
Mon Nov 08, 2021 6:24 pm
thats pity that tsunoda couldn't finish the race. I think he also could finish in points
Agreed. I think he's been making strides on pace lately.

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He was so raw and unpolished when he came into F1, he may not have been ready. However, he's been working very hard to redeem himself. Whatever he's doing he needs to keep it up. Often we train for long periods of time and think we are just wasting our time because we don't see the improvement. Sometimes we get even worse because of training and having to re-wire your nervous system. Once you get over that hump though, the change is obvious like the seasons.

Really good progress this season and in a way, these redemption tales make more interesting stories, we see a lot of character growth and development. When Yuki first started every other word was a curse, and he was quite hot-headed. He's turned that around, his English has improved, his driving has improved, he just seems more calm and collected. Still needs some polishing, but he'll get there soon enough, I think he can match Gasly, and it will be important next year.
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Yuki 2022 WDC..😁