The AlphaTauri team made a total of eight technical changes for the Silverstone weekend, including modifications to the floor, diffuser, engine cover bodywork, and rear suspension wishbone. The team also introduced a revised rear and beam wing to improve straight-line performance and reduce drag. However, Yuki Tsunoda, the Japanese driver, expressed his disappointment with the updates after finishing 16th in FP1 and 18th in FP2. Tsunoda stated that the team did not see a significant improvement and that the expected gains in certain areas did not materialize. Overall, he described the results as “not looking good” and emphasized the need for further analysis.
Despite the team’s struggles, Tsunoda clarified that the new tyre construction introduced by Pirelli for the British GP was not the primary cause of their difficulties. He now aims to reach Q2 in qualifying rather than targeting a position in the top 10. AlphaTauri‘s chief race engineer, Jonathan Eddolls, echoed Tsunoda’s sentiments and attributed their Friday woes to a suboptimal car set-up rather than the new components. Eddolls explained that the analysis indicated the updates were functioning effectively. However, they still need to find the right balance, especially for the soft tire short runs where they lacked front end grip. High track temperatures exacerbated their front tire overheating issues, further hampering their performance. Eddolls remains confident that with better balance, there is still room for improvement in terms of lap time.