AlphaTauri duo Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda are gearing up for a busy second half of the 2021 season.
The team are entering Round 13 at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit with 68 points in 6th in the Constructors – while Gasly is 8th in the driver’s standings with 50 points and Tsunoda in 13th with 18.
The duo revealed this evening how they spent their much-needed break, with one opting for the sunny coasts of Spain, and the other heading straight to the sim in Milton Keynes before heading to Italy.
Both kept their fitness regimes in check throughout their time off, to ensure the team is fighting fit for the next leg of the championship.
Gasly first revealed that “from Hungary, I went directly to Spain where I met up with some other drivers for a fun and relaxing time and after that I went back to France where I spent time with friends I’ve had since childhood, generally having a rest but also keeping up with my training programme, because fitness is going to be important in the very busy second half of the year.”
Looking ahead to Spa this weekend, the Frenchman said “going back there is a nice way to start racing again.
“Spa is one my favourite tracks, I love it and I have always done well here. I particularly remember it was here that I took my first ever win in a single-seater.
“So, a lot of good souvenirs, even if we can never forget 2019 and the emotions linked to Anthoine (Hubert). The track layout is incredible and usually produces good racing.
“I hope we can start this second part of the season, continuing where we left off in Hungary, after an enjoyable summer break, being fully recharged for the very busy time that lies ahead, especially the triple-headers.”
Meanwhile, Yuki said he spent his break by first heading “straight for the simulator in Milton Keynes to do the correlation for Hungaroring and also look at the next three tracks.
“Then I went to Italy and spent time sorting out my new home, which is very near to the factory in Faenza. I was definitely ready for a break and I enjoyed it.”
The Japanese driver, who is heading into the second half of his first season in F1 said; “It’s great that we start racing again at Spa, because I have very good memories from this track.
“Last year in Formula 2, I won the Feature Race starting from pole position and the year before that in Formula 3, it was here that I got my first podium in the category.
“I like the track, so I am looking forward to it and I think it will be one of the circuits that will feel extra special in a Formula 1 car for the first time, it will be an especially interesting experience to see how an F1 car goes through Eau Rouge.”