How a Random Weighbridge Test ‘F**ked Everything’ for Tsunoda During Q1 Exit at Silverstone


It was a disappointing qualifying session for the AlphaTauri on the British Grand Prix with each of their drivers failing to safe a prime 10 begin for the inaugural F1 dash race.


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Pierre Gasly will begin from P12, whereas his teammate, Yuki Tsunoda, who didn’t make it out of Q1, will begin Saturday’s dash race from P16. And the latter blames random weighbridge checks for his newest Q1 elimination at Silverstone.

The weighbridge randomly checks the vehicles all through the race weekend once they enter the pit lane. The 21-year-old misplaced essential time on the weighbridge and later discovered himself caught in visitors, which hampered his probabilities to qualify for Q2.


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What did Yuki Tsunoda say?

As quoted by Crash.internet, the teenager is understandably livid with the random weighbridge verify which price him essential 52 seconds through the qualifying on Friday night.

“The weighbridge f**ked all the things. The tip was actually tight and I couldn’t do a lot [of a] correct cooldown lap,” stated Yuki Tsunoda within the post-qualifying press convention.

Components One F1 – Components One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku Metropolis Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021. AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda forward of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Anton Vaganov.

“Additionally the final corners, a whole lot of vehicles [were] ready, I misplaced already three-tenths in the primary straight. I virtually regained the three-tenths by way of the lap however the loss I already had in sector one, the primary straight [was too much].”

AlphaTauri engineer satisfied Yuki would’ve certified for Q2

Whereas many would possibly assume Tsunoda is simply making up excuses for his poor efficiency, AlphaTauri chief race engineer Jonathan Eddolls is aware of that’s not the case. He’s positive that Yuki would’ve gotten into Q2 if he hadn’t encountered visitors.

“Yuki was wanting set to progress into Q2, however a visitors jam within the final nook when beginning his ultimate lap price him almost 0.2s earlier than flip one,” stated Eddolls.

Components One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain Worldwide Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021. AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda in motion throughout follow REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed.

“He did properly to make most of this time again, however sadly it was not sufficient,” added Eddolls.


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Had Tsunoda secured a P16 end on an everyday race weekend, his Sunday race would’ve been a closed case already. However this time round, F1 is internet hosting its first-ever dash qualifying, which provides the AlphaTauri driver one other likelihood to avoid wasting his race.

Can the Japanese driver qualify within the prime 10 on the inaugural F1 dash race on the British Grand Prix? Tell us within the feedback part beneath.


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Beginning Grid for the First Ever F1 Dash Race Qualifying at British GP

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