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Yuki's Mature Drive Delivers Season's First Points

Yuki’s Mature Drive Delivers Season’s First Points

25/03/2024

In Melbourne, RB F1 unveiled its new identity and immediately made a mark, with Yuki Tsunoda earning valuable points for the team.

RB F1 kicked off its points tally under its new identity this Sunday in Melbourne. Yuki Tsunoda crossed the finish line in eighth place and was promoted to seventh following Fernando Alonso’s penalty. The team’s director, Laurent Mekies, praised the Japanese driver while commending Daniel Ricciardo’s pace.

“This is a very positive result for us in Australia. Yuki delivered a fast and well-managed race to lead the entire midfield pack, earning us our first points of the season. He made no mistakes throughout the weekend, demonstrating calm and determination, getting faster with every session,” Mekies noted.

“Daniel’s pace was also strong, and it’s regrettable that we had to start from the back of the grid with him. He fought his way to 12th place, and he definitely would have scored points too, had he started from a better position.”

“The team operated very well all weekend, and it was only by delivering a near-perfect weekend that we were able to score points, given the competitiveness of the midfield. A big congratulations to everyone in Faenza, Bicester, and at Honda.”

“We’re heading to Japan buoyed by this result in the Australian round, fully aware that we need to push there to maintain even the slightest advantage over the others.”

“Tsunoda’s mature driving”

Jody Egginton, RB F1’s Technical Director, is pleased with the result after the potential shown in the first two races went unexploited.

“After some frustrations in the first two Grands Prix, where we showed positive signs of competitiveness but failed to bring everything together, it’s very satisfying to have delivered a strong performance at Albert Park, with hard work on track, in Bicester, and Faenza rewarded with points.”

“Yuki was strong throughout the weekend here, finishing the job with very mature and confident driving in the race, which is very pleasing to see and I’m sure he’s very happy about! Daniel’s weekend was less straightforward, but, to his credit, he worked very hard with his engineers to get the car more to his liking.”

“Even if the result doesn’t show it, there are good signs of progress, and I think we can start to capitalize on these elements in the upcoming events, aiming to get him into the points as soon as possible.”

“Looking at the first three Grands Prix as a whole, we have gained a solid understanding of our car and look forward to the next phase of the season. However, with the midfield being very tight, we will focus on ensuring every update counts and executing weekends like this one to continue achieving such results.”

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