a tough one to take. pic.twitter.com/9oAZHJbO0Y— Scuderia AlphaTauri (@AlphaTauriF1) October 30, 2022
Both Alpha Tauri cars were so close together on the grid today, the team decided to start with different compounds in order to maximise the chances of scoring points.
Starting off with Yuki Tsunoda's first session going well; he was able to maintain consistent lp times, regulate tyre and brake temperatures, and the tyres worked effectively throughout.
Tsunoda battled the two McLaren's of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris, for the rest of the race, so in the second stint the crew opted for Medium-tyre compound and the pace was superb once again, allowing Tsunoda to pursue Norris and stay ahead of Ricciardo.
Unfortunately, Ricciardo attempted to pass Tsunoda, destroying both cars and the race.
With the impact causing extensive damage on Tsunoda's car, forcing Tsunoda to retire.
Pierre Gasly's race was a little unusual.
By th end of the first session, he lost some places and was P17, racing on the Medium-tyre compound, behind two slower Aston Martins.
During the first lap, Gasly gained one spot by passing Aston Martin's Lance Stroll, who was on the same compound, but his manoeuvre resulted in a five-second penalty.
As the race progressed, it grew a little more complex once this was served at the second pit stop.
Gasly was behind Albon where he rejoined the track.
With the soft compound, Gasly's performance was good, and they werea ble to pass him and cut the gap with the cars ahead, who were using different strategies.
Gasly ended narrowly outside the points, close behind Bottas finishing in P11, just one place shy of points.
Post-race, Gasly comments, "t’s a real shame, but we knew it would be difficult starting from P14.
"I gave everything I could today, and we were close to finishing in the top 10, if we’d had one more lap I think we could’ve been in it.
"The atmosphere has been insane, as always in Mexico, so that’s been great, I’m just disappointed we’ve come away without points.”
It's too bad the pace wasn't too horrible today.
Now it's time to go back to the factory and turn the attention to preparing for the next event in Brazil in two weeks time.