AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda had a short Friday at the Hungary Grand Prix. Tsunoda crashed in the first free practice, losing control of his car in Turn 4. As a result, Tsunoda missed the rest of the session and the second free practice in the afternoon.
For Tsunoda, his rookie season has been full of up-and-down moments. In the season's opener in Bahrain, Tsunoda took finished 9th and scored points in his F1 debut. However, Tsunoda failed to score points in the next four races. On the other hand, Tsunoda's teammate Pierre Gasly has scored points in four out of five opening races.
For the season, Tsunoda has collected 10 points, while Gasly has scored 39 points. To make things worse, Tsunoda has crashed at multiple GP weekends, often triggering red flags. Helmut Marko, head of Red Bull's driver development program, noted the bad performances by Tsunoda.
AlphaTauri moved him from London to Italy to ease things off for the rookie, so he lives closer to the team's factory. That worked out well for both sides, as Tsunoda managed to scored points in three out of the last five races. Still, a new crash in Hungary could prove costly for Tsunoda, as he missed a significant track time.
"I'm losing (time) compared to my teammate just in high-speed corners. Most of the corners were quite okay and some of the corners I was gaining. At that time the car (felt) really nervous, especially the rear."
"Just two corners I was losing a lot in high speed and tried to improve myself and went into the wall. Still, I shouldn't do that, and almost already one and a half, one session completely gone. I have to learn from it."Yuki Tsunoda after crashing at Hungary GP
AlphaTauri's mechanics crew quickly repaired the car
Fortunately, Tsunoda managed to complete a flying lap at the FP2 today. Following the session, Tsunoda praised his mechanics for repairing the car and making the drive possible.
"Yes, well I think all is my fault, and mechanics did a really good job. Still, really helpful for me and for the engineers to take the data, even one lap, so yes, I think it was really hard work for the mechanics and Tsunoda praised his engineers for the repairs
Hungary Grand Prix is the 11th race of the 2021 F1 calendar. Qualifying will take place at its traditional time, Saturday, after we've seen the introduction of sprint races at British GP. After the weekend, Formula 1 will see a four-week summer break, followed by Belgium GP on August 29th.