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AlphaTauri team thread 2021 - Pierre Gasly & Yuki Tsunoda


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#1 midgrid

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Posted 19 February 2021 - 12:02

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Red Bull's junior second fashion brand sister team is now in its second year of AlphaTauri guise, with a smart new car and an exciting driver line-up: Pierre Gasly flopped at the senior sister team, but rebuilt his reputation with a strong 2020, including a memorable maiden win at Monza; Yuki Tsunoda graduates from F2 following a meteoric rise through the junior ranks.  Who will come out on top this year?  Will either of them earn a spot at Red Bull Racing, or at another, more "indepedent" team?  Franz Tost expects Gasly to be the team leader with Tsunoda learning from him quickly.

 

 



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#2 Branislav

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Posted 19 February 2021 - 12:07

 

 

This is our third year with Scuderia AlphaTauri 
https://www.gpblog.c...-f1-engine.html

 

 

He forgot to count :lol:



#3 Risil

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Posted 19 February 2021 - 12:11

I like the look of this team. I imagine it's a bit better for rookies to have a more experienced driver to learn alongside.



#4 owenmahamilton

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Posted 19 February 2021 - 12:28

I'll admit I don't follow any of the lower formula so I don't know anything about Tsunoda, but he looks about 12.



#5 midgrid

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Posted 27 March 2021 - 18:52

Tsunoda messed up his final Q2 run but his pace looked good beforehand - this could be a very interesting battle over the course of the season!

#6 Viryfan

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Posted 27 March 2021 - 18:59

Tsunoda messed up his final Q2 run but his pace looked good beforehand - this could be a very interesting battle over the course of the season!


On the first run of q2 he was still two tenth behind despite Gasly having retardation issue.

The early part of the calendar will be easy on Yuki as he will race on well known tracks.

From Monaco onwards it will get a bit trickier for a few races.

#7 TomNokoe

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Posted 27 March 2021 - 19:05

Gazman continues to underwhelm me slightly in Q3. I think he should've been P4 today, but it's hard to legislate for Leclerc's wicked pace.

Yuki is just great. Pushing Gasly hard already, and has a really competitive attitude.

#8 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 27 March 2021 - 19:29

Gazman continues to underwhelm me slightly in Q3. I think he should've been P4 today, but it's hard to legislate for Leclerc's wicked pace.

Yuki is just great. Pushing Gasly hard already, and has a really competitive attitude.

 

Qualifying an Alpha Tauri 5th on merit underachieving? Then you are looking for something to complain about.



#9 BRK

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Posted 27 March 2021 - 19:44

They were both really good, and Alpha's suspected pace after testing looks to be real. Tsunoda is such a driver and character.

#10 BRG

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Posted 27 March 2021 - 19:49

Do we have our first real gold-plated Japanese super-star?   Let's hope so as it SO overdue.



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Posted 27 March 2021 - 19:51

Qualifying an Alpha Tauri 5th on merit underachieving? Then you are looking for something to complain about.

It was just something I noticed last season. Similarly, he is sometimes slower in Q3 than Q2/Q1.

A great performance, but keep an eye out for it this season.

Edited by TomNokoe, 27 March 2021 - 19:51.


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Posted 27 March 2021 - 20:45

It was just something I noticed last season. Similarly, he is sometimes slower in Q3 than Q2/Q1.

A great performance, but keep an eye out for it this season.

 

He is within half a second of his time last year, at a track where most are a second away... But I am a Gasly fanboy, so there is that.



#13 Jerem

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Posted 27 March 2021 - 23:36

Gazman continues to underwhelm me slightly in Q3. I think he should've been P4 today, but it's hard to legislate for Leclerc's wicked pace.

Yuki is just great. Pushing Gasly hard already, and has a really competitive attitude.

Pierre found 7 tenths between Q2 and Q3, that's more than anyone else except Max.



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Posted 27 March 2021 - 23:41

Do we have our first real gold-plated Japanese super-star?   Let's hope so as it SO overdue.

We can't be confident on performance/pace yet. But he brings excitement that's for sure! Will be rooting for him to do really well. 



#15 TomNokoe

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Posted 28 March 2021 - 00:39

Pierre found 7 tenths between Q2 and Q3, that's more than anyone else except Max.


Yeah, to be honest I've looked again and I think I got this one wrong. I wasn't paying enough attention to the Ferrari speed throughout Q1/Q2. Initially I thought Leclerc sneaked up on Gasly but that's not the case.

#16 ARTGP

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Posted 28 March 2021 - 00:56

Pierre found 7 tenths between Q2 and Q3, that's more than anyone else except Max.

 

But to be fair. Pierre did Q2 on the medium tire. It's a slower tire. Only Hamilton, Bottas, and Max did the same.  The rest of the midfield used soft between Q2 and  Q3


Edited by ARTGP, 28 March 2021 - 00:58.


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Posted 28 March 2021 - 02:46

Tsunoda could be the type of driver where when everything works the peaks are very high, while when it doesn't the lows can be pretty low. A bit like Gasly tbh.

Edited by krapmeister, 28 March 2021 - 02:47.


#18 ARTGP

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Posted 28 March 2021 - 06:01

Tsunoda was surprised by lack of grip from the mediums:

 

https://www.motorspo...ahrain/5941790/

 

He was very competitive on the softs. 


Edited by ARTGP, 28 March 2021 - 06:04.


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Posted 28 March 2021 - 07:57

Tsunoda could be the type of driver where when everything works the peaks are very high, while when it doesn't the lows can be pretty low. A bit like Gasly tbh.

You can't teach raw speed but you can get more consistent. Just look at any of the greats. They had tough times otherwise they'd have nothing to learn from.

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#20 Jovanotti

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Posted 28 March 2021 - 08:19

Tsunoda could be the type of driver where when everything works the peaks are very high, while when it doesn't the lows can be pretty low. A bit like Gasly tbh.

It's his first race ffs, give Yuki some time. The potential is clearly there.

#21 krapmeister

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Posted 28 March 2021 - 10:01

It's his first race ffs, give Yuki some time. The potential is clearly there.

 

Woah there buddy - yes I am aware it's his first race. I am not writing him off at all, notice I said *could be* not that he *is* or *will be*. He may even indeed become a great driver, or he may not - no doubt though he has shown flashes of speed so far though there's been many drivers that have shown potential and not lived up to it. But if he does become another 'Gasly' then that's not the end of the world, plenty of people rate Pierre and he has even won a Grand Prix  :)

 


 


Edited by krapmeister, 28 March 2021 - 10:02.


#22 noikeee

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Posted 28 March 2021 - 10:24

At this stage of development all he needs to do is show flashes of speed. He's absolutely doing that. I think he looks really promising.

Don't forget he's less experienced than the super professional rookies that usually come in. He's only had 2 years of racing in Europe. It's not like he's been recognised as a massive karting prodigy in the European scene, and being groomed to become an ultra pro superstar since his early teens, like your Leclercs Norrises and Russells. He's got more edges to trim and it'll take some time.

Edited by noikeee, 28 March 2021 - 10:24.


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Posted 28 March 2021 - 10:25

From watching F2 Tsunoda was always very good with how he treated his tyres on a long run, so I would expect (hope) Alpha Tauri will start him on hards and send him long into the race. I also noticed after a number of first lap incidents he adopted a more conservative approach to the first corner, so this being his first grand prix, I kind of expect him to lose positions on the first lap.

Alpha Tauri have a good chance to get a strong haul of points from the off with Gasly making the most of the car - I feel there’s no accounting for the pace Leclerc can drag out of that Ferrari. Top 5/6 should be Gasly’s aim and Tsunoda should just try to get into the points, if that’s Alpha Tauri’s result today I’m sure they will be thrilled.

#24 Bleu

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Posted 28 March 2021 - 12:38

A story on Pierre Gasly:

 

https://www.theplaye...mula-one-racing



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Posted 28 March 2021 - 16:52

Unfortunate for Gasly, I think it was just the slightest of misjudgments that caused him to lose his front wing, otherwise he probably would have been up there with Norris/Leclerc or Ricciardo/Sainz.

Pleased for Tsunoda to get his first points, he had a bad start, and ended up in a battling drive in the midfield, his onboard will be fun to watch later. He showed good pace in that Alpha Tauri often matching the Ferrari and the Mclarens in clear air so it looks like the pace is very much there in the car.

Should be a good season for the team, aim should he P5 in the constructors based off that weekend.

#26 absinthedude

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Posted 28 March 2021 - 19:05

Good race from Tsunoda today. Really impressed....not Alesi at Ricard in 89 impressed but that was a really good debut. The car looks pretty fast too, results should come for both drivers.



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Posted 28 March 2021 - 21:20

https://m.youtube.co...eature=youtu.be - Tsunoda did get caught out by the absent Perez grid slot. If I recall it’s okay to reverse and correct the position, but he may have been saved by that aborted start.

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Posted 29 March 2021 - 02:15

9th place that featured quite a few passes seems like a darn impressive debut drive, on a track he's not raced on before, I believe?  Looking forward to more!  :love:



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Posted 29 March 2021 - 03:10

AT car is on the sharp end of the midfield, Honda is bailing when they will have a genuine Japanese talent in the RB in a season or two and perhaps even the best PU.

Honda must reconsider.

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Posted 29 March 2021 - 03:10

9th place that featured quite a few passes seems like a darn impressive debut drive, on a track he's not raced on before, I believe?  Looking forward to more!  :love:

 

His race pace was also good if not better than any midfielder bar Norris. What a shame to miss out on Q3 as he would have been fighting Norris. But good to still capture the points scoring debut narrative. 



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Posted 29 March 2021 - 03:13

I like Tsunoda. 

I think he has something to prove here.



#32 Cyanide

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Posted 29 March 2021 - 09:25

Yuki's divebombs on Alonso and Stroll were seriously impressive. 

 

This kid has some serious racecraft and overtaking skills. 



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Posted 29 March 2021 - 11:06

Tsunoda already moved up in my estinmation after race one of his career. Clumsy move by Gasly.



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Posted 30 March 2021 - 02:16

9th place that featured quite a few passes seems like a darn impressive debut drive, on a track he's not raced on before, I believe?  Looking forward to more!  :love:

Tsunoda raced on this track last year in F2. On feature race he started from the back of the grid, and still finished 6th (with fastest lap).
His F1 debut was impressive indeed. He recovered pretty well despite having a very bad start. I can't wait to see how he will perform at Imola.  :D


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Posted 30 March 2021 - 14:50

Impressed with both Yuki's on track debut, and his skill when being interviewed. He projects calm and control in both. While I expect there will be a few bumps on the road ahead, I believe he will be a real asset to the AT team.  :clap:



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Posted 30 March 2021 - 16:11

Hope is bad start was just a one off