Yuki Tsunoda was left with a “question mark” as to how his AlphaTauri Formula 1 car compares to team-mate Pierre Gasly after his surprise Q1 elimination in Spain.
Tsunoda narrowly missed out on progressing to Q2 by just 0.007s as he finished 16th in qualifying for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.
The Japanese driver expressed his frustration with how the car felt over team radio once he’d been knocked out of qualifying, leading to his race engineer telling him calm down.
Although Tsunoda revealed there was nothing different in his pre-lap preparation on his second Q1 lap, he was baffled why he hadn’t qualified higher up the grid.
“No, I wasn’t pushing too hard on the outlap, [I] just like do normal,” Tsunoda said.
“The tyre temperature is quite spot on before the lap. I think the team, we set up, we set up the tyre, but I don’t know. It’s not the place I want to fight.
“The performance in this car, it’s easy to go to Q2. I really struggled to even go to Q2.”
Gasly managed to qualify four places higher than Tsunoda, leaving him to suggest that the characteristics of both cars were not identical.
Tsunoda went on to explain that Gasly’s feedback was different to his, with the 20-year-old searching for answers as to why he struggled more around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
“It’s always different feedback compared to my team-mate, even when we try the opposite,” Tsunoda said.
“I have a little bit question mark [if it] is the same car – of course it’s the same car, but just the character of the car is just too different.
“Maybe, of course, it’s a different driving style. But yeah, I don’t know, I don’t understand what happened, why I’m struggling this much.”