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AlphaTauri issue warning to Tsunoda on teammate racing conduct

Jody Eggington has warned Yuki Tsunoda to avoid incidents with his teammate in future races after a "frustrating" British GP.

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Jody Eggington has warned Yuki Tsunoda to avoid incidents with his teammate in future races after a "frustrating" British Grand Prix.

The AlphaTauri pair of Tsunoda and Pierre Gasly came together at Village corner whilst fighting for points at Silverstone.

Tsunoda's attempted overtake resulted in a spin for the Japanese driver, which also took out Gasly. The damage sustained to Gasly's car forced him into retirement, whilst Tsunoda finished last of the classified finishers and outside the points.

To add insult to injury, debris from the collision also dented the senior Red Bull team's chance of victory after impacting the floor of Max Verstappen's car.

Following the race, AlphaTauri's Technical Director, Eggington, warned Tsunoda to avoid any repeats of the incident at future Grands Prix.

“It’s very frustrating to have thrown away a likely points finish on a weekend where the team and drivers have worked so hard to extract the maximum from the package and get the cars into a position to fight for points," Eggington said.

"Contact between teammates is never good, but in this instance with both cars suffering extensive damage, one of which we had to retire, there was really no way back.

"As a team, we will sit down and have the necessary discussions, as the move Yuki made today was not the best and needs to be avoided."

Gasly: Collision with Tsunoda "unnecessary"

AlphaTauri had been in contention for points prior to their race-ending collision, but instead granted an opportunity to their rivals in the Constructors' standings.

Whilst the Faenza-based team remain seventh place in the table, both Haas and Aston Martin closed the gap to them at Silverstone.

AlphaTauri now have a seven-point lead over Haas, and a nine-point lead over Aston Martin.

After the race, Gasly highlighted that the "unnecessary" collision resulted in a missed points opportunity for the team.

"Following the incident with Yuki I had damage to the rear wing, so we had to retire the car," said Gasly.

"Every point is valuable, especially in a season like this, so I'm disappointed with the end result today, as it was an unnecessary collision."

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