Yuki Tsunoda completed his first test drive in a Formula 1 car this Wednesday, getting into a car of AlphaTauri in Imola.
The Japanese covered 352 kilometers with the SRT13 model, with 2018 specifications, from the house of Faenza, while his dream of being a starter in the category is consolidating towards 2021.
“It was a completely different world than the F2 car I’m racing this year, especially in terms of increased power and also braking performance,” he said. “I didn’t worry about my lap times, I just concentrated on getting used to the F1 car and completing the 300 kilometers.”
“I am pleased that I did. I did a lot of physical training to prepare for this, but still, I was a little tired at the end of the day, but very happy with the experience.
“There’s so much more to a driver in an F1 car, but I had practiced dealing with all the extra switches on the steering wheel in the simulator.”
“Overall the day was a lot of fun and part of that came from having this session at the Imola high speed track, which made it even more interesting.”
Tsunoda, 20, faced semi-wet floor conditions during the morning of testing at Imola, although she completed qualifying and competition simulations without problems, exceeding the minimum mileage required by the FIA and F1 to grant a Super Free Practice License. .
Thus, he fulfilled the only requirement to be able to participate in an official session in any of the remaining Grand Prix of the season, in addition to being part of the rookie rehearsals in Abu Dhabi.
Your test occurs at a time when you are being strongly attached as a surrogate for Daniil Kvyat for AlphaTauri in 2021. Frenchman Pierre Gasly is the only one confirmed at the moment in that squad.
“It was a bit wet in the morning, so we started the day with rain tires,” he said. Franz Tost, director of AlphaTauri. “Even so, Yuki was immediately familiar with the car, which means that when we switched to dry tires he improved his lap times immediately and it was quite impressive.”
“After the lunch break we continued with new sets of tires and he improved even more, showing that he felt more comfortable in the car, lap by lap.”
“Yuki provided valuable technical feedback on the behavior of the car, which was in line with what we expected. In his last stint, he did a race simulation and was very consistent, which is clear evidence that he had everything under control.