Scuderia AlphaTauri‘s three days of testing at the Bahrain International Circuit were successful, according to Yuki Tsunoda, even though he is unsure of the team’s position in relation to its competitors when the season begins this weekend at the same track.
Yuki Tsunoda, who is entering his third season in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, acknowledged that during the test he discovered some limitations with the AT04, but the Japanese driver is confident that the team will be able to find a solution so they can reach their full potential.
Tsunoda understands the squad will need to exert every effort to regain the kind of form that deserted them in 2022 and caused them to finish just ninth in the Constructors’ Championship in the middle of a midfield that may prove to be tighter than it was the previous season.
On Saturday, Nyck de Vries, a teammate, finished his first preseason testing as a Formula 1 driver, and the Dutchman was satisfied with how it went.
De Vries impressed during a one-off stint with Williams Racing in the Italian Grand Prix of last year, where he finished in ninth place, and was subsequently called in to replace Pierre Gasly, who will drive for the BWT Alpine F1 Team in 2023.
De Vries, like Tsunoda, hopes to be able to maximise his team’s potential when the season begins this weekend, despite the fact that he is aware of how fiercely competitive the midfield is going to be.