I checked out the race lap times. In the first stint Tsunoda was a lot quicker as de Vries allowing him to creat a 10-11 second gap between them. In the second stint de Vries matched and often beat Tsunoda, gap stayed around 10 second all the time though. Same story for the 3rd stint but in the final part of the race after the Leclerc virtual safety car de Vries dropped back further and lost time (that was the only part of the race when they had different rubber: Nyck was on hard then).
Overall Tsunoda had a much better weekend dominating de Vries in practice & qualy sessions + he was significantly quicker in stint 1 of the race. But in the middle part of the race de Vries recovered and did well matching Tsunoda.
However what I also noticed is that Tsunoda was almost all race stuck behind Alex Albon, he was all the time (more than half of the race) running around 1.5 to max 2 seconds behind Albon but never able to pass the Williams. I assume it's because the Williams seems to have higher top speed as the AlphaTauri, Tsunoda was always just outside the DRS range.
This also means that Tsunoda never really ran in clean air (either the Williams & AlphaTauri had identical speed but Albon may also have held up Tsunoda with dirty air). De Vries did ran most of the race in clean air. So we don't know if Tsunoda was capable of quicker lap times when de Vries was matching him, it could be that Albon prevented Tsunoda to go that little bit quicker.
But since de Vries lap times in the middle part of the race were fine I think he'll be all right and will improve.
Edited by William Hunt, 06 March 2023 - 13:39.