Low-speed Hungaroring should play to AlphaTauri’s strengths – Tsunoda

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In the round-up: Yuki Tsunoda talks up AlphaTauri’s chances for the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.

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Tsunoda hoping AlphaTauri to be more competitive

AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda struggled to 16th in qualifying and the race at the British Grand Prix, but the move from the high-speed sweeps of Silverstone to the slower corners of the Hungaroring leaves him optimistic, and also could mean Daniel Ricciardo makes his Formula 1 return this weekend in a car capable of scoring points.

“Hungary hopefully will be a better situation with more slow-speed corners that we’re pretty good at through the previous races,” said Tsunoda. “So hopefully it will work. But I’ll just see how it goes.”

Tsunoda also has strong form at the Hungaroring. His second-best result to date was a sixth place at the track during his rookie season in 2021. So far AlphaTauri has finished no higher than 10th this season, with the team’s strongest results coming on street circuits but not necessarily ones populated by low-speed corners.

Tsunoda will have a new team mate this weekend as Daniel Ricciardo takes Nyck de Vries’ place.

Haas and Pirelli “love” Fittipaldi’s behind-the-scenes work

Pietro Fittipaldi was in action for Haas in last week’s Pirelli tyre test at Silverstone, and team principal Guenther Steiner praised the Brazilian’s input in his three-and-a-half years of being their reserve driver.

“Pietro hadn’t driven the VF-23 yet because during pre-season testing, Nico [Hulkenberg] was new to the team and we needed to use every minute we had available in the car for him to get accustomed to it. As soon as we can, we’ll get Pietro in the car because he’s our reserve driver, so should something happen to our drivers, he will be in the car.

“We need to put him in the best position should it happen, and he’s always very good, very consistent, and very reliable. The engineers love him, Pirelli loves his feedback, so it’s always good having Pietro around but also to keep him motivated. He’s a race car driver and he races in LMP2 to stay race sharp should the opportunity arise for him to get into an F1 car. He’s doing a great job and we’re very thankful to have Pietro around.”

Fittipaldi is racing in the World Endurance Championship and IMSA this year, and won the LMP2 class in the Six Hours of Monza this month.

F1 cars to run at Bathurst

The Bathurst International event on the 10th to the 12th of November this year will feature top-level single-seater cars lapping Australia’s famed Mount Panorama circuit.

Organisers of the event have dubbed the group of cars doing demonstration runs as an ‘international open-wheel cavalcade’, and although no chassis have been named yet as applications to enter has only just opened, they say the list of cars taking part already includes “classic and more modern” F1 machines as well as cars from IndyCar and Formula Renault 3.5.

The most recent F1 demo to take place at the track was conducted by Red Bull this February, with Liam Lawson at the wheel of their RB7 car from 2011.

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Comment of the day

Nobody knows who might be the second fastest team at this weekend’s Hungarian GP, with four in contention to be Red Bull’s closest rival following McLaren’s upgrades turning their MCL60 into a podium-capable car last time out at Silverstone. But might Mercedes now be consistently the third fastest, regardless of circuit?

If McLaren’s resurgence proves anything, its that Mercedes have a really poor chassis this year. In the first half of the season, we’ve had one Mercedes customer (Aston) be quicker than them quite consistently in slow-speed corner and street circuits, and now, another customer (McLaren) quicker than them in high-speed circuits with fast corners. The Mercedes power unit it still up there in terms of its performance and packaging.

I just don’t see Mercedes making any progress until they adopt the same Red Bull style sidepod concept and aero philosophy. It should encourage them that McLaren and Aston have a Mercedes power unit in a Red Bull aero car, and are making progress towards the front. They need to scrap whatever ‘development path’ they had for the rest of the season, and just make a black Red Bull after the summer break. It will be their only shot at being competitive in 2024.

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6 comments on “Low-speed Hungaroring should play to AlphaTauri’s strengths – Tsunoda”

  1. If Hungaroring proves suitable for AlphaTauri, that’d be at least somewhat good news for RIC.

    AM’s earlier pace & Mclaren’s recent form indeed show Mercedes in a negative light.

    1. If Hungaroring proves suitable for AlphaTauri, that’d be at least somewhat good news for RIC.

      It might well have been good news for de Vries if they’d waited until the summer break, but that would have damaged the CH/HM case for getting rid of him.
      Potentially better results in Hungary might be a clue as to why the change was rushed through immediately after Silverstone.

  2. Good QOTD, fully agree. Now that updates are flowing, the battle for P2 is looking very spicey! I suspect it’s going to make point finishes for the bottom 5 teams quite challenging this season.. even Alpine might struggle to score consistently from here?

  3. Bathurst.
    Should be fun. But not like mid 50’s, Bib Stillwell in his D Type leading Lex Davison in his F1 Ferrari. They really did race each other at Bathurst. Big sports v open cockpits.
    I’ll try a link pic. There’s a few. My favourite is at the end.
    Jim Sullivan (Aus), Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Colin Chapman playing Scalextric at Grosvenor House. No fancy seats or attire. Black Tie only.

      1. That’s a great collection, thanks!

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