Tsunoda hit with pitlane start after AT02 floor change

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Tsunoda hit with pitlane start after AT02 floor change

Yuki Tsunoda will start Sunday's French Grand Prix from the pitlane following a floor change on the Japanese driver's AlphaTauri AT02.

Tsunoda spun backwards into the barrier at the start of Saturday's qualifying session, a contact that ended the young charger's session on the spot.

AlphaTauri's subsequent assessment of the car's damage compelled the team to replace both the gearbox and the AT02's floor.

Although the transmission change was withing the element's limits, and therefore penalty free, the floor fitted to Tsunoda's car was of a different specification.

The replacement as well as changes to the AT02's rear suspension were approved by the FIA technical delegate but warranted a pit lane start due to the element's different specification.

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Tsunoda's blunder on Saturday was the Japanese driver's third crash in qualifying and followed his off in Q3 last time out in Baku.

"It was my mistake today in qualifying and I want to apologise to the team," said the 21-year-old. "I just used too much of the yellow kerb at turn one and I spun out.

"I tried to brake as much as possible to avoid contact with the barrier, but it was like skating on ice as I was going backwards.

"It was fairly low [speed] impact, but there is some damage to the car so the team will have to work hard tonight to get me ready for tomorrow."

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Lucas di Grassi led an Audi one-two in Saturday's Puebla E-Prix after a penalty denied Pascal Wehrlein and Porsche's maiden win in Formula E.

Di Grassi took his first FE win in two years ahead of Audi Sport Abt teammate René Rast while ROKiT Venturi racing's Edoardo Mortara completed the round 8 podium.

From pole, Wehrlein assumed a commanding lead at the start while runner up qualifier Oliver Rowland tumbled down the order. The race was neutralized however after just one lap after Envision Virgin Racing's Nick Cassidy collided with the wall.

On the restart, Wehrlein picked up where he had left off, followed by BMW I Andretti's Maximilian Guenther and Jake Dennis.

But the Porsche charger's detour onto the Attack Mode patch set him back to third from where he quickly recovered to second behind Guenther.

On lap 7, the German driver also peeled off for a bout of extra energy and power, rejoining in fifth just behind di Grassi who had fought his way through the field from ninth.

The tight exit of the Attack Mode activation zone led to racing incidents at Turn 8 involving Jean-Eric Vergne and Alexander Sims and then Sam Bird and Alex Lynn, with the latter clash triggering the second Safety Car of the day with 13 minutes left on the clock.

Again, Wehrlein led the field on the restart with Guenther snapping at his heels, but the latter eventually lost his footing and was passed by Dennis. However, both BMW i Andretti cars drifted down the order in the closing stages while di Grassi and Rast took up the final podium spots.

But news filtered through that both Porsche cars and Nissan e-dams' drivers were under investigation for technical infringements.

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Porsche was found to have failed to properly assign its set of tyres, which led to Wehrlein's disqualification after taking the checkered flag, which in turn promoted di Grassi and Rast to the first two places, while Mortara took Venturi's second podium of the year.

Championship leader Robin Frijns concluded his afternoon a lowly P16, the Virgin driver seeing his advantage in the standings over DS Techeetah's Antonio Felix da Costa cut to just two points, with Mercedes' Nyck de Vries three points adrift.

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