“The race was over before it started for both drivers” – Jody Egginton of AlphaTauri
Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda suffered the worst possible consequences at home Italian Grand Prix, with both Pierre Gasly and Yuki tsunoda not having completed the race due to mechanical problems at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.
The weekend had started promisingly, Gasly qualified on Friday in sixth place for Saturday’s sprint qualifying, while Tsunoda failed to come out of qualifying. The weekend from that point quickly escalated, Gasly dropped out of the sprint qualifying in the first lap and Tsunoda finished sixteenth.
The team was not seen on track any longer at Monza, with both cars then withdrawing from Sunday’s race, Gasly after the opening laps and Tsunoda even before the lights went out.
Jody Egginton, Technical Director of Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda, was very disappointed with the unfortunate result of the team’s home race, but is consolidated by the fact that the team’s car once again looked solid.
“UNFortunately, today’s race ended before it started for both drivers. Yuki reported a braking problem on his grid laps which, as hard as the guys tried, could not be resolved, forcing him to retire. Then a system problem identified with Pierre’s car early on forced us to remove that car as well. Frustratingly, we weren’t able to turn Pierre’s strong performance on Friday into points here.
Likewise, Yuki has not been able to accumulate any significant additional mileage and racing experience to his credit, as such we have not been able to lead the fight against our most competitive competitors. However, the package has shown itself to be competitive again and everyone will do everything possible to ensure that we maintain it in the next races, with a focus on reclaiming the ground from our closest competitors. “