(L to R): Yuki Tsunoda, Pierre Gasly, Silverstone, 2022

Tsunoda’s error worse because it “affected three of the four Red Bull cars” – Gasly

2022 Austrian Grand Prix

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Pierre Gasly says he gave team mate Yuki Tsunoda more room than he thought he had prior to their collision in the British Grand Prix.

The two AlphaTauri drivers clashed on lap 11 at Silverstone’s Village corner. Tsunoda spun while attempting to pass his team mate for seventh place down the inside of the corner, crashing into Gasly and sending the pair spinning and dropping down the order.

Tsunoda was handed a five-second time penalty by the stewards and finished last in the race, while Gasly was shown the black-and-orange warning flag for damage suffered in the collision which put him out of the race.

Gasly says his younger team mate must ensure he keeps in control of his car if the two team mates find themselves battling out on-track again in future.

“I’m doing my race for the team and for myself,” Gasly said. “I fight for any position. He’s my team mate. I fight my position.

“I gave him plenty of space – even more than I thought. When I looked at the camera, there was even more space than I thought. The funny thing is that has been said before the race, we can fight. And if ‘we can fight’, it means we can fight as long as we have control of what we are doing.

“Unfortunately he lost control, he spun, and then when he spun he hit me.”

Tsunoda’s error was made worse by the fact Max Verstappen of the senior Red Bull team collected some of the debris which badly affected his car’s handling and cost him victory.

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“It had a pretty bad impact because it affected three cars of the four Red Bull cars,” said Gasly. “So it was not ideal. But as I say, it’s happens, to have mistakes.”

Despite the clash Gasly says he will be able to trust Tsunoda if he finds himself fighting against him in the future.

“I mean, I should trust him – we’re F1 drivers, so we know what we are doing inside the car,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans.

“As I said, I think it’s fine to race hard. When it’s on your team mate, I think you should just take that 1% extra caution not to have such a big consequence.

Gasly pointed to the intense battles seen between other team mates on the grid – such as Alpine drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon and the fight for the lead between Carlos Sainz Jnr and Charles Leclerc in Silverstone – as examples of how team mates can and should race each other.

“You see Ocon and Alonso fighting harder than ever between each other, Carlos and Charles fight each other fine as well,” Gasly continued.

“I think it should happen as long as it doesn’t affect the whole performance of the race. We were fighting only for a couple of corners – I think this is fine. If it’s a 10-lap battle and you ruin your tyres, it’s a bit silly. I think you should be able to fight, but just as long as you don’t take each other out.”

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    6 comments on “Tsunoda’s error worse because it “affected three of the four Red Bull cars” – Gasly”

    1. Well Piere, I agree that the effects hurt Red Bull a lot. But the accident was just being slightly more on the kerbing on the inside and having the back slip on him. That the debris then hit Max’ Red Bull can and should hardly be blames on Tsunoda.

      I do think this kind of thinking is what endears you to the Dr. Marko though. On the other hand, he likes to be in control of what the drivers do, not sure he likes anyone ELSE criticizing his drivers.

    2. I think Gasly needs to stop harping on about this.. Tsonuda went in too hot and spun… it happens to everyone. Gasly out of all the drivers should know this considering that he spent more time spinning and crashing than anyone else on the grid in that Red Bull 2019 car.

      He made a mistake, he apologised. Move on.

    3. Gasly should pipe down. We don’t have time for some intra-midfield beef now that Hamilton is back on the podium and RBR-Mercedes brickbats are flying again.

    4. Gasly is not racing for RedBull, he was sacked after half a season, should we remember him about that?

    5. This is Gasly’ way of telling Marko he doesn’t fight either. Please give him another shot!

    6. Three of the four Red Bull cars? There’s only supposed to be two Red Bull cars, and the Toro Rosso is a completely different team. Statements like Gasly’s make me uncomfortable. If Gasly was leading the final race but Max needed the win to seal the championship, would Red Bull tell Gasly to move over? Team orders are bad enough, but when one team is twice as big as the others, it is even more unpalatable.

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