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