Tsunoda sorry for ruining teammate’s Q2 race RaceFans

In the roundup: Yuki Tsunoda has apologized for spoiling one of Pierre Gasly’s qualifying laps after both drivers failed to reach Q3 in Melbourne.

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Tsunoda sorry for ruining teammate Gasly’s Q2 race

Tsunoda apologized to his AlphaTauri teammate Gasly for compromising one of his best laps in Q2.

Tsunoda made a mistake at turn 11, running wide on the gravel and bringing out a brief yellow flag. Gasly fell onto the stage on his hot lap and had to take evasive action, eventually abandoning his race.

“Holy shit, Yuki,” Gasly exclaimed over the radio before starting his final race. He and Tsunoda failed to qualify for Q3.

“Between Q1 and Q2, I lost all the performance of the car,” explained Tsunoda. “Just completely different and we struggled to fit it in and walked out.

“I’m sorry for Pierre, but at the same time I also struggled a lot to control the car.”

Sainz wary of Ferrari’s ‘lack of experience’ in title fight

Carlos Sainz Jnr says he is aware that Ferrari lacks experience in the fight for titles in recent years.

Ferrari currently lead the constructors’ championship after two rounds, with Sainz’s team-mate Charles Leclerc leading the drivers‘ standings and starting on pole for today’s Australian Grand Prix. Sainz says he remains cautious about the team’s prospects for the season despite their strong start.

“We keep saying that Red Bull and Mercedes are the favorites because we haven’t been in a title fight for the past few years,” Sainz said.

“In previous years these teams have overtaken Ferrari, so we are always very careful because we know we have a great car and we have put a great car on the track – but these two teams have fought for the title. for two or three years they know how much you need to improve, they know exactly what they need to do. And we may lack that bit of experience. I think we have great people, and we’re ready – but we don’t know. So we are still cautious and waiting a bit to see what happens.

Dennis unimpressed with inconsistent penalties in Formula E

Andretti Formula E driver Jake Dennis, who received a five-second penalty for contact with Antonio Felix da Costa in the first race in Rome, says driving standards were not consistently enforced in Formula E.

“There’s so much contact in the race and it seems like you can get away with almost anything short of taking the position,” Dennis explained. “You can run over people and if you both come out of the corner in the same position they don’t do anything, but if one of you gains a position or loses a position you get a penalty.

Dennis was particularly critical of several drivers he considered repeat offenders. “You have people braking five or six times in the super difficult bump of turn seven and it takes so much skill on the part of the driver behind not to just hit the guy in front. But if he did, if the car behind hits him and knocks him down, he would get the penalty, which is just stupid.

Quotes: Hazel Southwell

De Vries was ‘just trying to hang on’ as Rome order fell

Mercedes Formula E driver Nyck de Vries said he was “just trying to hang on” as he climbed from second in the inaugural EPrix de Rome to ninth before retiring.

De Vries started from third on the grid and was competitive in the early stages, battling with team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne and the other cars around him. However, from mid-race De Vries slipped down the order, eventually retiring in the final minutes with twisted steering.

“At the end of the day, when you don’t have the rhythm, you try to hang on,” De Vries said. “Then the real effect is only visible from a sort of halfway point, because then the energy [saving] starts hurting you, tire temperatures start hurting you and everything is just a little more amplified,

“We weren’t fast enough and we were trying to hang on, but in the end it wasn’t enough, it’s kind of a little summary of our day.”

Quotes: Hazel Southwell

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