An overworked phrase in the world of Formula 1 is that ‘cash is king’. This translates into the team with the highest budget in the sport, finds itself ahead of its rivals. However, an effort to alter this has been made by introducing new rules and regulations in 2022. These changes view an annual budget cap for each team on the grid, which limits their spending and levels the playing field.
The fresh rules have been a step in the right direction for the sport as it has proved closer on track racing between drivers. It has bunched up the midfield rather closely than the front of the grid. One team fighting for the midfield positions is the AlphaTauri. Their Japanese driver, Yuki Tsunoda is one of the upcoming talents of Formula 1. In his second season with the Italian team, Tsunoda is still trying to find his feet in the current campaign.
Yuki Tsunoda optimistic of a strong result for AlphaTauri at the Spanish GP
Formula 1 concluded its fifth round of the championship at Miami last time out. The Japanese driver reflected on the weekend by saying “Miami was a mixed weekend. At first there was a big gap to my team-mate in free practice, but I managed to progress and that meant I was able to get through to Q3, which was a good result for me and the team, even if a bit unexpected. In the race, I lost a lot of positions in the early part and we couldn’t put it together, but overall there were some positives from the weekend.”
Walking into the Spanish GP, he feels confident in his AT03 as he said “It is one of the European tracks I know best and in 2020, I finished fourth there in both the sprint and the feature Formula 2 races. It’s a very technical track with a wide range of different types of corners and speeds – high, medium and low. It is a real test of the car.”
Tsunoda concluded by adding “All the teams know the track very well, so I expect it will be very tight in the midfield where we are racing and I am confident we can perform quite well this weekend. I think we can make progress in Barcelona, hopefully have a good result, ending in the points, but I’m not expecting it to be easy.” Formula 1 comes to Barcelona for the second time this year and the Spanish GP has a lot in store for each driver on the grid.