AlphaTauri adapted 2021 F1 car to help Tsunoda reach pedals

Yuki Tsunoda says AlphaTauri adapted the cockpit of its 2021 Formula 1 car to help him reach the pedals.

AlphaTauri adapted 2021 F1 car to help Tsunoda reach pedals

As Tsunoda is 5ft2, he says his team has built a “a special pedal case” to ensure he can operate the pedals in the AT02 as usual.

Tsunoda explained the situation in the pre-event press conference for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, a home event for the AlphaTauri squad as the Imola track is just 10 miles from its Faenza base, when he was asked if he had contributed new ideas to the Red Bull sister team ahead of his debut F1 season.

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri in the Press Conference

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri in the Press Conference

Photo by: FIA Pool

He said: “I don’t know [if] I’m giving them fresh ideas for the car – I just give very natural feedback from the car.

“But definitely I gave them fresh ideas I think for the cockpit – [the] pedals.

“They made a special pedal case for me – I struggle to reach the pedals with a normal pedal [case].

“So, for the pedals and cockpit thing I think I gave them really fresh ideas.

“But hopefully in the future as well I don’t try to be like an experienced driver, I just give them really natural feeling from the car to the engineers and hopefully that all works well for the car.

“But, at the moment, the team is happy with my feedback.

“I think [Pierre Gasly and I are] really similar – feedback after the sessions is always really good for the team. But I’ll just keep the natural feedback and hopefully that will work.”

Read Also:

Tsunoda replaced Daniil Kvyat in AlphaTauri’s line-up for the 2021 campaign, which has left team-mate Gasly as the most experienced driver in a team for the first time in his F1 career (both Gasly and Brendon Hartley were rookies at what was then called Toro Rosso in 2018).

Gasly said he is “really excited about this responsibility for this coming season”, when it comes to using his experience to help AlphaTauri develop and improve the AT02 package.

“The great thing is that with Yuki, we are kind of looking for the same direction in terms of development,” said Gasly.

“We require the same thing from the car. So, it makes it, in terms of development for the team, a lot easier.

“Obviously I have more experience, that puts a bit more weight from my previous experiences over the last few years in guiding and being really precise in what we need, and I am ready for it.

“I think we have a good base already from last year, we made a good step forwards.

“The car is a bit more connected together – let’s say as an overall platform and overall balance.

“But there is clearly things we need to improve and I hope we can achieve that in the short term.”

shares
comments

Related video

F1 Emilia Romagna GP: Bottas fastest from Hamilton in disrupted first practice
Previous article

F1 Emilia Romagna GP: Bottas fastest from Hamilton in disrupted first practice

Next article

Perez and Ocon avoid penalties after F1 clash in Imola FP1

Perez and Ocon avoid penalties after F1 clash in Imola FP1
The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future Plus

The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future

Personable, articulate 
and devoid of the usual
 racing driver airs and graces,
 Nicholas Latifi is the last Formula 1 driver you’d expect to receive death threats, but such was the toxic legacy of his part in last year’s explosive season finale. And now, as ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains, he faces a battle to keep his place on the F1 grid…

The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes Plus

The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes

Modern grand prix drivers like to think the tyres they work with are unusually difficult and temperamental. But, says  MAURICE HAMILTON, their predecessors faced many of the same challenges – and some even stranger…

Formula 1
Aug 12, 2022
The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1 Plus

The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1

Gordon Murray's Brabham BT46B 'fan car' was Formula 1 engineering at perhaps its most outlandish. Now fan technology has been successfully utilised on the McMurtry Speirling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, could it be adopted by grand prix racing once again?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold Plus

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has been lumbered with a duff car before the 2022 Mercedes. Back in 2009, McLaren’s alchemists transformed the disastrous MP4-24 into a winning car with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel. And now it’s happening again at his current team, but can the rate of progress be matched this year?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell Plus

Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell

OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior

Formula 1
Aug 9, 2022
The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat Plus

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat

After being ditched by McLaren earlier in his F1 career Sergio Perez fought his way back into a seat with a leading team. BEN EDWARDS thinks the same could be happening to another member of the current grid

Formula 1
Aug 8, 2022
How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay Plus

How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay

Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…

Formula 1
Aug 7, 2022
Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre? Plus

Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre?

Formula 1 has ambitious goals for improving its carbon footprint, but could this include banishing its favoured composite material? PAT SYMONDS considers the alternatives to carbonfibre and what use, if any, those materials have in a Formula 1 setting

Formula 1
Aug 6, 2022