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Tsunoda intones a 'mea culpa' for his clash with Gasly… halfway

The two AlphaTauri drivers were seventh and eighth at the time of their crash, leading Gasly to drop out and Tsunoda to finish 14th.

On board footage revealed that their battle started to heat up at Stowe Corner on lap 10, when Tsunoda went inside and Gasly went wide, but managed to regain position.

Tsunoda stayed close to his teammate’s car and then attempted another attack around the inside of the Village hairpin, where the touch that spun both cars (and would ultimately ruin Verstappen’s race) took place.

Asked by his engineer over the radio what the status of his car was, the Japanese driver replied: “My car is fine, but…damn!”

Yuki Tsunoda received a five-second penalty and two penalty points on his super license for causing the collision, while Pierre Gasly was forced to retire due to damage to his wing. The Japanese then insisted that he was convinced that there was room for his maneuver, although he accepted his own guilt.

“From my point of view, with my speed it would have been easy to take the corner,” he said when asked by about the incident. “But at the same time I didn’t expect him to close the door. I mean, he didn’t close the door all the way, but there wasn’t enough room to turn around.”

“Obviously, if we’re in a battle, we want to leave as little space as possible, because you don’t want to let anyone through so easily. So I can understand Pierre. Of course, he could have waited for another opportunity. I would say the main thing is that I The team is sorry.”

As for the touch, he said: “I wasn’t too fast. Obviously I tried to overtake before the corner, not in the middle of the corner.

And there he launched a hint: “I did not expect him to try to fight again in the curve, but that was my mistake. My management of expectations was not good enough. That is what I can learn. That is what I have to avoid next time”.

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03, battles with Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT03

Gasly didn’t want to criticize his teammate in public, but he made his frustration clear.

“I am very disappointed because we were in a good position after the restart, in the points on a track where we suffered a lot,” said the Frenchman.

“So it’s something to discuss internally, and I’m not going to start talking here, but I’m extremely disappointed to miss out on an opportunity like this.”

“In a difficult season like the one we are experiencing, we cannot miss these kinds of opportunities. It is the first time that we have had such a scenario in this situation. It was simply unnecessary.”

AlphaTauri’s technical director, Jody Egginton , stressed that the team was not happy with Tsunoda’s move.

“It is very frustrating to have thrown away a likely points result on a weekend where the team and drivers have worked so hard to get the most out of the package and put the cars in position to fight for points. , said.

“Touch between team-mates is never good, but in this case, where both cars were badly damaged, and one had to retire, there was really no way back.

“As a team we will sit down and have the necessary discussions, since the move Yuki made was not the best and he should avoid things like that.”

Tsunoda flew back to Italy with his team manager, Franz Tost , on Sunday night, giving them plenty of time to talk about the incident.

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