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August 11, 2022

The balance of the first half of the 2022 season

The good feelings left by the Alpha Tauri team at the end of 2021 were lost with the change in rules. The Faenza guys finished sixth in the constructors last year with 142 points and with 13 completed races and 27 units this season it seems almost impossible to match those figures. The decline in performance is evident and is also reflected in the status of its drivers in the World Championship.

Generally speaking, Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda have been fairly even, but the Frenchman leads the Japanese 8 to 5 in both qualifying and the race. In Bahrain Tsunoda brought up the team’s first point with his 8th place, but that fell vacant in Saudi Arabia and Australia, while Gasly added in both (8th and 9th respectively). The Japanese returned to the points in the Emilia Romagna GP where they crossed the finish line in 7th place, their best result of the season so far. In Barcelona, ​​he added his last point with 10th.

For his part, Gasly did not enter the points zone again until the Azerbaijan GP, ​​in which he finished 5th and achieved his best result of 2022. He had a good run in Monaco, but without a prize in the end after a slow stop in the pits. (11th). Doesn’t connect to Baku.

The truth is that since that Azerbaijan GP, ​​Alfa Tauri’s performance has declined, in qualifying when they go smoothly they can have some buzz but the pace drops in the race. They collect three retirements each driver, which doesn’t help either, and has since been overtaken by Haas in the constructors’ championship at Silverstone, exactly the same GP in which Tsunoda and Gasly tried ‘don’t know what’. Ended the track. ‘ by the Japanese when they were fighting the situation.

To face the final two races before the summer break, the team introduced a large package of car improvements that debuted at the home race of the French GP, Gasly, but had little effect on overall performance and resulted in Paul Ricard and the vacant in Hungary. Done.

The point difference between Gasly (16) and Tsunoda (11) is minimal, but the Frenchman has been consistently better than his teammate, which is expected of him. They have suffered more than necessary in qualifying and this has often conditioned their choices in the race. For his part, Yuki has started to add up, but ironically, he has been more precarious than in his debut year.

Alfa Tauri substitutes today go through with Haas trying to fix the situation in the Constructors’ Championship and if they don’t lose it with Aston Martin, they are separated by the same number of points (7), but any In this case it is very less. To the hope that the team was prepared at the start of the season.

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