Tsunoda matched his finest F1 qualifying consequence thus far by taking eighth place in Q3 on the Purple Bull Ring, reaching the ultimate stage of the session for the second time in three races.
However the AlphaTauri driver confronted a post-qualifying investigation from the stewards after Bottas felt he had been blocked throughout one in every of his Q3 scorching laps, calling Tsunoda a “f**king fool” over the radio.
Tsunoda mentioned after qualifying that he had not been informed by his workforce that Bottas was approaching till the braking zone and wished to keep away from a “massive shunt” by transferring to the within.
However the race stewards in Austria seemed dimly on the incident, handing Tsunoda a three-place grid penalty for impeding Bottas and one penalty level on his FIA tremendous licence.
“Automotive 22 had simply accomplished a quick lap and had communication from the workforce that he was now on an inlap,” the stewards’ report reads.
“The workforce didn’t warn Automotive 22 of the method of Automotive 77 on a quick lap. Automotive 77 approached Automotive 22 on the entry to Flip four. Automotive 22 was on the racing line, and whereas he tried to maneuver off the racing line to the skin, he did impede automobile 77 unnecessarily.
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12
Photograph by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images
“It’s the accountability of each driver to concentrate on sooner automobiles when they’re on a sluggish lap. The workforce ought to have assisted the motive force in being conscious of the approaching sooner automobile, however such lack of communication isn’t an excuse for the motive force.”
The penalty drops Tsunoda to 11th place on the grid, selling Fernando Alonso, Lance Stroll and George Russell one place every consequently.
The setback comes after a robust displaying thus removed from Tsunoda on the Purple Bull Ring after he seemed to vary his method to qualifying following a crash in Q1 final Saturday.
“It was a extremely good step from final week,” Tsunoda mentioned.
“I believe the tempo was there from FP1. The workforce did a extremely good job from FP1, and for me, it was fully relaxed for this week, and qualifying, I simply needed to put it altogether.
“Ultimately, I used to be capable of put it altogether and be high eight. I’m completely satisfied.”