Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri, Silverstone, 2022

Tsunoda “hopeful” of AlphaTauri extension for 2023

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In the round-up: Yuki Tsunoda says he is “hopeful” that he will remain with AlphaTauri in Formula 1 next season.

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Tsunoda “hopeful” of AlphaTauri extension

AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda says he is “hopeful” that he will remain with the Red Bull junior team in Formula 1 next season.

The second-year driver currently sits 15th in the drivers’ championship on 11 points, five behind team mate Pierre Gasly, who has recently confirmed he will remain with the team in 2023.

Asked about the extended contracts for Sergio Perez and Gasly, Tsunoda says he hopes Red Bull will also keep him at AlphaTauri for a third season.

“Hopefully I can extend with AlphaTauri next year as well,” said Tsunoda.

“I’m really happy with the team here. Both drivers deserve their contracts. For now I just focus on myself, working with the team, extracting the performance as much as possible and we’ll see how the contract will go.”

Chadwick continues W Series domination with Silverstone pole

Jamie Chadwick has taken a third consecutive pole position in the 2022 W Series championship.

Chadwick had been fastest in free practice, nine hours earlier, with Pulling and Powell completing a British top three.

Emma Kimilainen was initially fastest, with her and Puma team mate Tereza Babickova setting the best times in the first ten minutes of the session.

Kimilainen continued to improve, however, Chadwick set a 1’56.758 to beat her by two tenths in the final three minutes.

Abbi Pulling set the best middle sector by two tenths, on her final lap but was not able to find the time in the final sector to challenge Chadwick. Alice Powell was on a quick lap at the end, but her time was deleted for track limits violations at Stowe. However, following an investigation by the stewards, her lap time was reinstated, meaning Powell will line up third on the grid.

Kimilainen’s final lap did not beat Chadwick’s time, leaving the two-time champion to take home pole.

Everyone in IndyCar happy to see Wickens win again, says Herta

IndyCar driver Colton Herta says everyone involved in IndyCar was happy for Robert Wickens as he won his first race since returning to motorsport in Watkins Glen last weekend.

Former GP2 and IndyCar racer Wickens took TCR class honours at the Watkins Glen round of the Michelin Pilot Challenge last weekend with team mate Mark Wilkins. It was Wickens’ first race victory since a serious IndyCar crash at Pocono in 2018 left him with a spinal injury. Wickens now uses a wheelchair and must race using adapted hand controls on his Hyundai Elantra.

Herta said it was “super cool” to see Wickens back on the top step of the podium again. “I think everyone at IndyCar is really happy to see that,” said Herta.

“It was super cool. Obviously we all know kind of what he’s been through the past few years, and so it is not only impressive to see that he has the courage to like step back in the race car and get adjusted to the hand controls and be heads up about everything and really relearn how to drive a race car in that aspect, but it’s impressive when you can just do that, but then also be very fast and be winning a race.

“There’s really fast race car drivers in that series. Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins, his teammates, are really good race car drivers, and he’s just as fast as them, so it shows the dedication and passion that he has for racing.”

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Comment of the day

After George Russell experienced being booed by some in the Canadian Grand Prix crowd, @ajpennypacker says that fans should reserve the right to express their disapproval, such as when they attended the infamous 2002 Austrian Grand Prix…

I don’t know what reason someone would have to boo George Russell. But booing should absolutely be part of the sport. I don’t know what he’s talking about. Should be as legal and acceptable as shouting support.

Booing doesn’t need to be on merit. It can be on a whim. Maybe you dislike a certain driver, or you’re just being an idiot. It doesn’t matter. I want that right protected. This is a loud sport, in a stadium-like environment.

Booing is even necessary to show the absolute disdain for something that happened on track that day. I was in Austria 2002 and I went hoarse from booing that absolute clown show of Barrichello letting Michael through on the last lap.

It isn’t always fair, but it’s absolutely part of the sport. So long as cheering is allowed, booing and jeering should also be allowed

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14 comments on “Tsunoda “hopeful” of AlphaTauri extension for 2023”

  1. Cheers to Robert Wickens for the win, and especially to his wife and baby!

    1. Yeah, really good to see fortune smiling on him now. I hope he gets to enjoy a long and successfull career and also finds enough time to enjoy parenting!

  2. One thing I’ll say about booing drivers is that you see a lot more of it now than you used to.

    I think in general things are much more divided now and people are much more deeply entrenched in there opinions which makes evey incident into a much bigger deal with far more at times anger thrown around.

    You take something like the Max & Lewis crash at Silverstone last year. In years past it would be seen as a racing incident thats just part of the sport and we would have had our opinions and then moved on. Yet now it’s treated like some heinous act in which more needs to be done and you have a larger division between sides with neither able to let it go. And you have various personnel within Red Bull also drumming that up to stoke the fire.

    The internet and social media have been great in many ways but i think the big negative is how it’s created so much more division thanks to how people are so much more willing to put so much hatred out there.

    1. Totally agree.

      It’s not just the viewers perpetuating this behaviour – it’s also the participants and the way they use the media now too, and also the media themselves.
      Not just Red Bull either – every team has their PR machine. Red Bull and Merc just happen to be the most active and noisy about it.

    2. I question whether booing is universally acceptable. What if a crowd only boos players of a certain race or religion? Some football games have been frighteningly racist in recent years (and plenty were back in the day). I agree that ‘normal’ booing is fine but if it verges into targeted abuse then it’s obviously not ok.

      Rosberg and Hamilton got booed in a rather pantomime way a few years back, which I thought was rather disrespectful and made me think less of the crowds doing it. F1 tends to have nice fans, at least it always used to. Why boo someone who has just made the podium?!

      1. Barry Bens (@barryfromdownunder)
        2nd July 2022, 10:43

        And how would that work? Ask everyone that’s booing why they are doing it? And even then, people will refuse to believe that reason anyway.

        Take last year as an example: Hamilton got booed (rightfully) at Zandvoort because a few races earlier he put Verstappen in the wall and celebrated like nothing happened. Not to mention Verstappen got booed at at Silverstone as well. Yet when it happened to him, it was ‘part of the game’. When it happened to Lewis, every Duch person on the planet was racist.

        The problem is, is that the racist card always gets puled first, over any other reason-card in the deck. Sometimes, someone is just a tool and that’s why people don’t like him. But to always say ‘welp, must be because he’s black’ isn’t smart.

      2. @frood19 I think booing for specific instances of bad sportsmanship, such as Austria 2002 in the CoTD example is fine. You’re allowed to do that as a protest against certain behaviours. What I strongly dislike is booing just because your favourite driver/team lost or a team/driver you dislike won. There was a lot of booing of Vettel during his Redbull years purely because people were bored of him winning, and same with Hamilton at Mercedes.

        The fact that this happens in other sports doesn’t matter to me. F1 should aim for higher standards and be more respectful of the participants, especially given the dangers involved. However, I don’t know if strict policing is the way forward either. I think the teams and drivers themselves could probably have the most impactful non-censoring approach by just dialling down their own rhetoric, but with the growing emphasis on drama in the paddock I doubt that will happen any time soon.

      3. Apart from F1, the other sport I follow keenly is tennis and I’m always impressed by tennis fans. You will practically never hear them booing opponents. Daniil Medvedev was booed at an event earlier this year (he was playing a home favourite) and he had a lot, lot more to say than George did. There are a few characters like Kyrgios that attract some level of booing on a regular basis because of their antics on court but even then, it’s pretty minimal and usually drowned out by the applause. You get the sense that the fans that attend tennis events are quite a cultured lot.

        1. Tennis fans can be just as capricious as other sports. There was the infamous booing of Serena Williams at Indian Wells in 2001 and plenty have booed djokovic over the years. It’s rare that the Roland garos crowd doesn’t turn on someone. Just as in F1 I think there’s a place for it but it would be unacceptable if it was based on race/religion/sexuality etc. Equally, booing winners is just disrespectful and makes me think the crowd are idiotic.

    3. Look out for fake booing sound effects (to go with the fake cheering) on TV

      1. Well, if booing is as great as many people here are making it out to be….
        Somehow, I don’t see it happening, though.

        I wonder why….

  3. I’m still slightly surprised Tsunoda didn’t get confirmed simultaneously with Gasly considering his continuation is 99% certain. Nevertheless, I’m wholly positive he’ll continue.

    Good joke by the megaphone guy.

    COTD is spot-on.

  4. If I were writing the headline, I couldn’t resist:

    “Wickens wins with Wilkins at Watkins, welcomes baby Wesley”

  5. Le Mans Classic 2022 is streaming this weekend. The Jaguars are on in the morning, Group C in the afternoon

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