Tsunoda: AlphaTauri “struggling” after upgraded cars end practice at bottom of times

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In the round-up: AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda says that his team have not seen much benefit so far from their raft of upgrades for this weekend

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AlphaTauri “struggling” despite major upgrades – Tsunoda

AlphaTauri have brought more upgraded parts to their car for the British Grand Prix this weekend than any other team. However, Tsunoda and team mate Nyck de Vries sat near the very bottom of the times at the end of the second practice session, in 18th and 19th, respectively.

“We brought a lot of new parts,” Tsunoda said after practice. “Hopefully that all works for us.

“So far we can’t see in the results that we’re improving massively. We ended up in the bottom places. So we have to see deeply what we can improve but so far we’re struggling a little bit.”

Mercedes reprimanded for Hamilton’s lateness

Mercedes have been handed a team reprimand after Lewis Hamilton was late to the FIA’s driver press conference on Thursday.

Hamilton was due to attend the first of two conferences alongside Charles Leclerc, Esteban Ocon, Alexander Albon and Yuki Tsunoda, but joined his fellow drivers two minutes after it had begun.

A Mercedes representative was summoned by the stewards to discuss Hamilton’s lateness. The stewards acknowledged that as Hamilton is very popular in the paddock of his home grand prix and is swarmed by fans as a result, Mercedes should be held responsible, and handed the team a reprimand as a result.

Martins takes second successive F2 feature pole

Formula 2’s qualifying was suspended for a considerable time after a heavy crash for Amaury Cordeel at Copse. That resulted in the session being shortened, giving drivers less than ten minutes for their final runs.

Victor Martins sat on provisional pole in the early part of the session with Richard Verschoor second and Theo Pourchaire third. Multiple drivers improved on their final laps, but when the chequered flag flew Martins had managed to beat his own provisional pole time and secure his third feature race pole of the season and second in a row.

Kush Maini secured his first F2 front row start in second, with Ayumu Iwasa qualifying third. Championship leader Frederik Vesti stopped on track during the session with a problem, but will start today’s sprint race from pole position on the partially reversed grid.

Fornaroli heads all-Trident F3 front row

Leonardo Fornaroli will lead an all-Trident front row for Sunday’s F3 feature race at Silverstone ahead of team mate Oliver Goethe after the pair were quickest in qualifying.

Prema driver Paul Aron led the running in the early phase of the session, until Fornaroli and Franco Colapinto improved into the top two places. Aron moved into second, just over two tenths behind Fornaroli.

Fornaroli improved his own fastest time at the chequered flag to secure his first pole in F3, with Oliver Goethe jumping to second. Campos pair Josep Maria Marti and Christian Mansell claimed the second row.

Pole position for this morning’s sprint race, which uses a partially reversed grid, went to Sebastian Montoya.

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After neither Mercedes driver ended up in the top ten in either Friday practice session at Silverstone, reader XV says Mercedes will be eyeing up APX GP’s veteran driver…

Sonny Hayes would have put that Mercedes in the top 10.

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6 comments on “Tsunoda: AlphaTauri “struggling” after upgraded cars end practice at bottom of times”

  1. F2 top 10 within two tenths (+2 hundredths).

  2. Reprimanding for something as harmless or trivial as press conference lateness is such a priority for FIA.

    1. It is not trivial for the press in attendance, especially those of them that don’t get the privilege of one-on-one interviews and paddock shows like Sky does, I would imagine. The press moments are as such mandatory to attend, it’s part of the job.

    2. Without the attention, nobody in F1 would be rich. It’s part of the game.

  3. Apparently Jenson Button has changed his mind and will be doing demo runs in a BAR instead.

  4. The software update in the Formula E article is somewhat reminiscent of that infamous “Acceleration Increase On-Demand upgrade” Mercedes offers its US customers… if they subscribe for hundreds of dollars a year to unlock features already available in their cars.

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