Yuki Tsunoda reflects on good time shared with Nyck de Vries ahead of F1 Hungarian GP, as he is looking forward to time with Daniel Ricciardo.
Tsunoda has praised his now former AlphaTauri teammate de Vries, who has lost his seat to Ricciardo from this weekend’s Hungarian GP. The Japanese driver has praise for the Dutchman for the time spent as he notes learning from him.
He is also looking forward to spending time with Ricciardo. “I’m looking forward to working with Daniel,” said Tsunoda. “I can’t say I know him very well, but we had a fun day filming together earlier this year in Miami. I think I’ll benefit from having a very good, experienced driver as a teammate.
“I’m sure I can learn lots of things from him and I also expect he will be able to bring something to the team and move the car development forward. I would also like to say that I had an enjoyable time over the past ten races with Nyck. I learned from him, and we also had a good time away from the track.
“He had plenty of experience in other categories and gave the team good feedback based on his knowledge. He had the pace and, as a friend, I enjoyed my time with him,” summed up Tsunoda, who is looking forward to the Hungary weekend with more updates from AlphaTauri side.
“For this weekend, we have more upgrades for the race in Hungary, on top of those we brought to the last race,” said Tsunoda. “Budapest has completely different track characteristics compared to the past two races, and its slow-speed corners should suit our car better than the high-speed ones.
“I like the track, it’s technical and challenging, and good fun. I have nice memories from my first F1 race there in 2021 as it was very chaotic and I finished sixth, after starting 16th! I’m optimistic, I always treat every race as a new opportunity where anything can happen. As a team, we’re very motivated to go forward and develop the car as much as possible. In my mind, I’ve had a complete reset from the last few races, especially Silverstone, and I’m in a positive frame of mind.”
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