Tsunoda’s last two appearances in the third quarter of the year saw the young AlphaTauri driver lose valuable track time to Mercedes drivers in both Turkey and the United States.
Repeat, but amazing
in the first place, Yuki kept Lewis Hamilton for several laps in Istanbul, who suffered a 10-place penalty, forcing the seven-time world champion back from 11th place. Lewis finally passed Tsunoda in the first leg of the race, although the Japanese didn’t make it easy for him.
Two weeks later, the AlphaTauri driver put the star team back in trouble in Austin, although this time the protagonist was Bottas. After a good start by Yuki, the Japanese moved up from 10th to 8th with a win over Valtteri, who was also stopped by five grid positions. once again, The most combative Tsunoda is seen again Versus the dominant team in the hybrid era.
After these two brief but anecdotal duels, Tsunoda suspected that Mercedes might be unhappy with him: “They must be angry‘,” the inexperienced 21-year-old pilot hinted:I don’t want to pass any pilot that easily. You did the normal and right thing‘, has identified Asia.
The second AlphaTauri rider admitted that he neglected the condition of his tires in one-on-one battles with Mercedes, although he also let it fall that he would defend himself in the same way: “I wasted tires, but in the end I enjoyed the fights“, it has finished.
Tsunoda entered the third quarter five times in 2022, against 14 matches made by teammate Pierre Gasly in the final round. These last two qualifying sessions have allowed the Japanese to battle the greatest of Formula 1. We’ll see if the rookie of the year brings us more excitement on the track at the next Grand Prix.
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