Radio communication

Tsunoda seeks to improve radio communication after ‘misunderstanding’ costs him Styrian GP

Yuki Tsunoda has revealed that a communication problem at the Styrian Grand Prix hampered his race and potentially cost him points, and says he is working to avoid a repeat before the next race in Austria.

AlphaTauri rookie Tsunoda was fined three grid places for hampering Valtteri Bottas in qualifying in the final round and finished the race 10th, scoring a point – as he aimed a little more high in the ranking. The Japanese driver explained that poor communication on the team’s radio had prevented him from moving up the standings.

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He said: “It was a good step compared to last week [France] but to be honest there was another way to end… the race and to be honest it was potentially P8 or P9 I would say but yes you have to analyze the data with the team. We also misunderstood some things on the radio and it didn’t work out well in the end.

“We really have to communicate on the radio because to be honest the pace I was pushing was not the right pace. I thought I should handle the tire but on the engineers side they said I had to push. was 50/50 and we were arguing on the radio. We have to analyze the data and see what is there. I think we have to prepare for next week, “he explained.

This weekend’s race sees the peloton returning to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix and Tsunoda has won nine points so far – placing him 14th in the table – while teammate Pierre Gasly has taken 37 points for the eighth of the table.

Starting outside the top 10 in every round except Azerbaijan, Tsunoda aims to improve his qualifying performance for the upcoming race.

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“We just need to improve for next week. The car is already there and the pace is there, so we just have to set everything up for qualifying but I would say overall this week I’m happy,” a he declared.

AlphaTauri is fifth in the standings, ahead of Aston Martin and Alpine, but not by much, as this weekend’s Austrian GP completes this first hat-trick of the 2021 season.