In a welcome change of fortunes, AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda delivered an exceptional performance during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend. His stellar efforts enabled the team to earn their first points in eight races, a victory that could not have come at a more crucial juncture for AlphaTauri.
Despite a rocky start to the 2023 season and persistent concerns about AlphaTauri's overall performance, Tsunoda remained resilient, demonstrating his competitive edge. His early efforts yielded P11 finishes in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, and he soon managed to claw his way into the top ten at the Australian and Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
A Rallying Call to Success
Following the race, an elated Tsunoda gave credit where it was due. "First of all, the team did a fantastic job," he said. "The car was flying, the pit stop was really, really quick. I think everyone did a good job, especially [the] Bicester side in the factory in the UK, and also in Italy." Tsunoda also reflected on his personal satisfaction with his performance, stating, "Obviously for myself I’m happy to be back in the shape I had in the first half of the season." After a series of missed opportunities to score points, Tsunoda's return to form was a much-needed boost for the team and the driver himself.
Rising to Challenges
Despite the triumph, Tsunoda remained grounded, acknowledging that his season had been marred by struggles and dips in performance. He conceded, "Especially [Saturday] was a really horrible day, so I didn’t want to keep that kind of feeling into the summer break." Tsunoda’s new teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, finished 16th.
The divergent outcomes served as a stark reminder of the volatility of the sport. Tsunoda recognized that there were areas in which he could still improve. "Obviously a lot of limitations also for things I recognise… The amount of things I have to improve," he admitted.
However, Tsunoda's Belgian Grand Prix performance indicates that he is more than ready to face these challenges head-on. He closed his post-race reflections with a sense of optimism, asserting, "I want to keep it all clean and keep it all together, especially today. I was happy, definitely, and feeling ready for the second half of the season."