Posted 22 April 2021 - 10:31
He won’t have any grid penalties at Portimao from those engine unit changes, they were done during Imola before the race. They don’t hold off on dishing out penalties just because someone is starting at the back.
That gamble they made with Gasly on the wets really infuriated me. I get they made an error with that, and that’s fine, but what wasn’t fine was keeping him out for so long, losing 6 seconds a lap. He was losing a pitstop to everyone he let by every four laps. By the time they pitted him he was a lap down. It was idiotic to an extreme, they should have cut their losses early. It was obvious the track wasn’t drying out fast enough for him to switch straight from wets to slicks, but they persisted anyway. In the end they were lucky Bottas and Russell collided to give Gasly a lap back and the chance to fight his way back into the points.
Tsunoda it was an error filled weekend. Pushing too hard on his first qualifying lap, and binned it. I watch his onboards and he is very critical of himself when he makes an error. It was a shame because it really looks like he has a lot of pace and confidence in the car. His race he had a great opening lap, but after the first safety car he seemed to struggle a little bit for pace - though it was his first time driving in the wet in an F1 car. He did improve as time went on, and once he switched to slicks he was lapping rapidly. On the restart after the red flag, I like that he had the confidence to make the move on Hamilton, and it wasn’t the move itself that ended up being the problem, on corner exit he just got too hard on the throttle in the damp conditions and spun. After that he was visibly driving angry, and while his engineer did warn he was going to get a penalty if he kept exceeding track limits, he never actually told him he had received one until after he was out of the car. It was definitely a learning weekend for him.
Hopefully Portimao will be a smooth weekend for Alpha Tauri, so they can start putting some decent points on the board.