Norris and Tsunoda first F1 drivers to take dash qualifying gamble
As revealed by Autosport a loophole has emerged within the new dash format rules concerning the utilization of tyres within the shootout.
Drivers are obliged to make use of one set of latest medium tyres in SQ1, one other new set of mediums in SQ2, after which a set of latest softs in SQ3.
The intention was that each one groups must save these three new units to make use of on Saturday.
Nonetheless the principles as revealed left a loophole that meant groups don’t even have to save lots of tyres if they like to make use of them earlier within the weekend.
The related article reads: “Within the interval SQ3 of the dash shootout, as much as one set of dry-weather tyres could also be used, and this should solely be a brand new set of the mushy specification.”
The presence of the phrase “might” left a possibility for groups who maybe didn’t count on to make SQ3 to make use of up that set of sentimental tyres earlier within the weekend for strategic functions, which is precisely what each Norris and Tsunoda did on Friday.
The McLaren driver progressed by way of qualifying, taking seventh in Q1 and sixth in Q2. The crew then performed its ‘joker’ through the use of his final set of latest softs for his closing run in Q3, serving to him take seventh place for Sunday’s grand prix grid.
Which means below the principles, ought to he get so far as SQ3 on Saturday after the obligatory medium tyre working within the first two periods, he gained’t have the ability to take part in it. He would as an alternative have to take a seat within the storage and settle for tenth place.
Nonetheless, the technique of utilizing up his softs clearly helped him in Friday’s Q3 session and he’ll doubtlessly reap the rewards in Sunday’s predominant occasion.
“It was a aware strategic determination to maximise the grand prix quali end result,” a crew spokesperson informed Autosport.
“There’s much more factors to be scored on Sunday, so it’s the extra essential race to prioritise.”
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT04
Picture by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photos
Tsunoda is in the very same scenario as Norris, as he too used all of his mushy tyres, however he did it by way of a barely completely different route.
Each AlphaTauri drivers used an additional set of sentimental tyres in FP1. The final thought was to be higher ready for the later qualifying session, though Tsunoda misplaced his first set when he brushed the wall and picked up a puncture.
The ploy didn’t work out for Nyck De Vries, who crashed out on his first lap in Q1.
Nonetheless, Tsunoda took benefit of his further preparation and made good progress, taking tenth place within the first session, seventh in Q2 after which eighth in Q3, which shall be his beginning place for Sunday’s grand prix.
Within the course of he used up all his mushy tyres which signifies that he has no new units left for Saturday’s dash qualifying.
“Despite the fact that we introduced a number of new aero elements, our anticipated competitiveness based mostly on the final occasions was that we weren’t Q3 materials,” mentioned AlphaTauri chief race engineer Jonathan Eddolls.
“Consequently, we put a variety of effort into quali preparation in FP1 to provide us the most effective likelihood for beginning as excessive up as potential on Sunday the place extra factors can be found. Each drivers ran two units of sentimental and medium tyres in FP1.
“The draw back of our FP1 qualifying preparation meant we had no new tyres remaining for Q3, however Yuki set a unbelievable lap on the used tyre to complete P8 for the race on Sunday.”
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT04
Picture by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Photos
Tsunoda burdened that tyres had been a key factor of his efficiency.
“That was actually difficult, a difficult monitor, particularly the tyre was additionally difficult,” he mentioned. “Many of the drivers actually struggled for the braking, particularly first sector that entrance tyre just isn’t actually heat, it isn’t prepared sufficient.
“We do as a lot as we are able to to heat up the tyre, however we wrestle rather a lot. So the tyre was actually key, the warm-up.”
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