The near podium with Pierre Gasly and the controversy with Yuki Tsunoda in qualifying, then immediately retired from the race due to an accident: it is with these elements that theAlphaTauri leaves Mexico to fly to Brazil, where the Interlagos circuit will host the fourth to last round of the world championship scheduled from 12 to 14 November. The Faenza team will arrive on the San Paolo track with two drivers who live a diametrically opposite moment and state of form, with the French driver charged after the 4th place obtained and the Japanese, instead, at the center of the disputes by Red Bull for the off the track occurred during the decisive lap for the assignment of the pole position.
For the Japanese, however, the time has come to forget what happened in Mexico City to focus on the new and imminent challenge, with his contribution that could prove decisive for overtaking his team on theAlpine in the constructors’ standings. At the moment, in fact, the two teams are stationary exactly on equal points, with 106 points head and with the Alpine momentarily fifth right in front of the AlphaTauri. A few days before the beginning of the carioca weekend, here are the considerations of Tsunoda: “Even if I didn’t even finish the first lap at the Mexican GP – commented – I feel my performance up to that point has been one of the best of my season. For the third consecutive race I entered Q3 and kept a good pace for the whole weekend. Overall, I felt confident in the car. My first time in Mexico didn’t disappoint, it was an incredible experience: the fans are really passionate and it was good. Now San Paolo, in Brazil, awaits us, which for me it will be another whole new experience. Apart from never having driven on the Brazilian track, there will also be the Sprint Qualifying format: therefore, I will only have one hour of free practice to learn the track before going into qualifying. But we’ve already tried it a couple of times and now I’m becoming more experienced and more confident in the car, I know what to expect and how I can best deal with it ”.
He is even more charged and motivated Pierre Gasly, ready to return to Interlagos for the first time since 2019, the year in which he took his first career podium and helped establish the record of the youngest top 3 in F1 history – together with Verstappen and Sainz – with an average age of 23 years, 8 months and 23 days: “For the third time this year I got fourth place – he declared – and the team is now fifth, level on points, in the constructors’ championship. Mexico was a really positive weekend and the team worked hard to achieve this result that saw me only behind the two Red Bulls and Lewis. From Friday we were fast immediately and then we confirmed ourselves as the first of the pursuers, behind the four drivers of the two top teams in qualifying. Yuki’s progress is also good for the team and in Mexico he was a great help, especially in qualifying where he gave me the wake. We are all motivated to take fifth place in the constructors’ classification and last Sunday’s result is a further motivational boost to keep giving our best in Brazil, on another track that I think will suit us well. The last time we were in Brazil was in 2019 and on that occasion I finished second. It was my very first podium in F1, a very special moment for me, which came with a final sprint with Lewis from the last corner to the finish. I can’t wait to relive all those good memories: it will be nice to go back and think I’ve already got on the podium there. The track is quite demanding: it turns counterclockwise and the straights are not really straight either. In the cockpit he is constantly engaged. It’s a very technical track, I really like it. It is not easy for the car and for the Power Unit, so it will be a real challenge ”.