The Monte Carlo circuit, in qualifying as well as in the race, always represents a lottery for drivers and teams. Having a competitive car may sometimes not be enough to grab the top positions, especially if what is lacking is a correct strategic management of the most delicate situations. He learned it very well, at his own expense, theAlphaTauri. The team from Faenza on the streets of the Principality probably had the potential to enter both their cars in Q3. Instead Yuki Tsunoda will start only 11th, with Pierre Gasly even 17th. The Frenchman, in particular, appeared furious at the sensational elimination in Q1, due to an incorrect timing in taking to the track after the red flag caused by a contact of Tsunoda himself with the wall. The winner of Monza 2020 crossed the finish line a few seconds late, seeing the checkered flag waving in his face.
“I am extremely frustrated today. We were fast all weekend until qualifying – Gasly thundered at the end of qualifying – so it is disappointing to have thrown this opportunity away. I am not happy with the strategic choices we have made. We left the pit lane too late in Q1 and were unable to cross the finish line before the red light went out. We have to review everything, because we had the pace to fight for the top six and, in the end, we don’t start in the position we deserve to be in.“.
“I am disappointed with the day today – the Japanese Tsunoda echoed – in Q1 I hit the barriers and damaged the left front part of the car. The red flag allowed us to pit, but there was still some damage and I think this affected my performance. Unfortunately, this also compromised Pierre’s qualifying, who was unable to get through Q1: it’s a real shame, because I think both cars had the potential to be in Q3 today. I think our best chance of scoring points tomorrow with both cars is to have a race in the wet. Let’s see what will happen “he concluded.
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