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Yuki Tsunoda

Tsunoda upbeat despite failure to start Monza race

Yuki Tsunoda pulled over during the formation lap due to a mechanical failure.

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Yuki Tsunoda is remaining positive despite his failure to take part in the Italian Grand Prix.

The AlphaTauri driver pulled to the side of the track on the formation lap, which resulted in the race start being delayed as the AT04 ground to a halt with what he believed to be an engine failure.

Tsunoda was due to line up for the commencement of the race in 11th place, ahead of rookie teammate Liam Lawson, but the team's home race featured just one car, as investigations begin into the cause of the failure.

"I heard something, weird sounds from the gearbox or engine," he explained to media including RacingNews365.

"After that I didn’t feel any torque from the engine. I don’t know if it was the engine or gearbox."

"We have to look deeply, but it’s a shame. A home grand prix for us, the pace looked really, really nice from free practice. It is what it is."

Despite being stripped of the opportunity to fight for more points, Tsunoda has declared a state of positivity regarding the upcoming rounds for AlphaTauri.

"[There’s] lots of positives we can take from this week," he said.

"The pace in the last three races, has been pretty consistent.

"Even if we have a [bad] day, we’re able to come back stronger on the next day.

"That’s our strength, that we can put it all together, extract performance at each race. I’m not worried about that, I’m looking forward to Singapore."

F1 2023 Italian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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