Yuki Tsunoda achieved a P10 finish at the 2024 British Grand Prix, earning a valuable point for his RB team.

By the Asian Motorsport Team

Despite the challenging weather, Tsunoda managed to maintain a competitive pace. The race began under dry conditions, but the weather soon changed, introducing intermittent periods of rainfall.

Tsunoda capitalized on these conditions, which helped to minimize the gap to the cars ahead. Despite typically struggling in wet conditions, Tsunoda found the rain to be beneficial in this race.

Tsunoda started strong, making a few critical passes in the opening laps. The team opted to stay on slicks during the initial period of light rainfall. When heavier rain arrived, Tsunoda switched to intermediate tyres, completing 11 laps in wet conditions before the track dried rapidly.

Tsunoda’s teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, finished the race in P13. He struggled with an issue identified before the race, requiring significant work in order to prepare his car for the British Grand Prix.

Tsunoda: “It was a good but tough race”

Reflecting on his points-scoring finish, Tsunoda said, “It was a good but tough race. Based on the pace we had in Free Practice, we knew it would be difficult to score points in dry conditions, so the wet conditions helped us keep the gap to the cars in front small.

“Normally, in previous races, I haven’t appreciated the rain, but I think it helped us today. It’s one point, and we take it. Now we look ahead and move forward, and I’m excited about using what we’ve learned over the last couple of weekends for the coming races before the break.

“Hungary has a mix of high and low speed, so hopefully, we can use our strengths and fight in the top ten.”

Egginton: “We made the right calls at the right time

Technical Director Jody Egginton commented on the race. “The weather certainly played its part today, but overall, I feel we made the right calls at the right time, which contributed to getting a car into the points.

“Yuki drove a strong race, making a couple of passes on the opening laps and keeping himself in touch with those in front. On Daniel’s side, the race was not straightforward.

“An issue identified before the race required significant work to get his car ready. The midfield remains very tight, and our focus is on delivering aero updates to improve our performance.”

Mekies: “We secured a well-deserved point for Yuki”

Team Principal Laurent Mekies added, “This weekend has been a great advert for Formula One and has demonstrated the value of classic venues like Silverstone. The crowd’s enthusiasm was evident despite the weather.

“Our car didn’t suit the fast nature of this circuit as well as we’d hoped, but we secured a well-deserved point for Yuki. Daniel put up a good fight but finished outside the points.

“This race marks the midpoint of the season, and we’ve seen how quickly the hierarchy can change. Our development race continues, and our teams in Faenza and Bicester are working flat out to improve our car’s performance.”

Formula 1 British Grand Prix race results

1L. HamiltonUnited KingdomMercedes1:22:27.05925
2M. VerstappenNetherlandsOracle Red Bull Racing+1.465s18
3L. NorrisUnited KingdomMcLaren+7.547s15
4O. PiastriAustraliaMcLaren+12.429s12
5C. Sainz Jr.SpainFerrari+47.318s11
6N. HülkenbergGermanyHaas+55.722s8
7L. StrollCanadaAston Martin Aramco+56.569s6
8F. AlonsoSpainAston Martin Aramco+63.577s4
9A. AlbonThailandWilliams+68.387s2
10Y. TsunodaJapanVisa Cash App RB+79.303s1
11L. SargeantUnited StatesWilliams+88.960s0
12K. MagnussenDenmarkHaas+90.153s0
13D. RicciardoAustraliaVisa Cash App RB+1 Lap0
14C. LeclercMonacoFerrari+1 Lap0
15V. BottasFinlandKick Sauber+1 Lap0
16E. OconFranceAlpine+2 Laps0
17S. PérezMexicoOracle Red Bull Racing+2 Laps0
18G. ZhouChinaKick Sauber+2 Laps0
19G. RussellUnited KingdomMercedesDNF0
20P. GaslyFranceAlpineDNF0

Header photo credit: RB


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