After finishing P4 with Daniil Kvyat in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix last weekend, Scuderia AlphaTauri had one last task on the agenda before packing up for Istanbul.
On Wednesday, Japanese F2 driver Yuki Tsunoda completed 352 kilometres around the Imola track in a private test session as he looks set to join the F1 grid next year, assuming he manages to secure a Super Licence.
Team principal Franz Tost remarked after the session that Tsunoda’s race simulation times were “very consistent,” while the promising young talent said he was just focused on “getting used to the F1 car.”
The team was encouraged by the results of the “productive” test after seeing Tsunoda run on both the wet and dry compound tyres due to inclement weather in the morning.
Reflecting on his first experience in a Formula 1 car, Tsunoda said: “Overall, the day was great fun and part of that came from having this session at the high speed Imola track, which made it even more interesting.”
This positive test strengthens Tsunoda’s case for landing a drive with the team next year, but the Red Bull Junior remains focused on finishing as high as possible in the F2 Championship.
“Ahead of me are two more F2 rounds, four more races and I will just concentrate on each session over the two weekends and then we can see what the result is at the end of it all,” he said.
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