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Yuki Tsunoda

Pit lane start for Tsunoda as he takes new gearbox

AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda will start the French Grand Prix from the pit lane, as he has taken a new gearbox and floor after his qualifying crash.

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Yuki Tsunoda will start the French Grand Prix from the pit lane, as a result of his qualifying crash on Saturday.

AlphaTauri made the request to the FIA's Technical Delegate to change the floor on the AT02 for one of a different specification from that he started qualifying with, as well as a suspension change. Combined with a required gearbox change before the required six consecutive race weekends had passed, Tsunoda is required to start from the pits.

“It was my mistake today in Qualifying and I want to apologise to the team," Tsunoda admitted after the crash.

"I just used too much of the yellow kerb at Turn 1 and I spun out. I tried to brake as much as possible to avoid contact with the barrier, but it was like skating on ice as I was going backwards.

"It was fairly low impact, but there is some damage to the car so the team will have to work hard tonight to get me ready for tomorrow. The best way to thank the team would be to have a good race tomorrow. It’s difficult to overtake here but I’ll push as hard as I can every lap and use every opportunity I get.”

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