Tsunoda reveals post-British GP 'hot' hotel room ordeal

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Tsunoda reveals post-British GP 'hot' hotel room ordeal

AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda is learning that life in F1 isn't always about the enjoyable perks in privileges that often come with the job.

The 21-year-old rookie is learning the ropes of F1 this season, and sometimes a young apprentice gets the short end of the stick when it comes to accommodations.

After the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Tsunoda remained in the UK to undergo several days of simulator work at Red Bull's base in Milton Keynes.

But the UK's recent sweltering heatwave brought scorching temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, which is bearable if you're spending the day at the beach and spending your evening's in an air-conditioned environment.

Tsunoda enjoyed neither as he sizzled in the day and fizzled during the night.

"I was back in the UK for a simulator session and in the evenings, I was stuck in a hot hotel room with no air-conditioning or fan," he explained.

"So I’m looking forward to moving to this house with some aircon and being nice and cool!"

Tsunoda relocated last month from the UK to Italy, near AlphaTauri's Faenza factory, and he'll take advantage of F1's upcoming summer break that will kick off after the Hungarian Grand Prix to move on to a new house.

"After the summer break, I am quite looking forward to it," he added. "As I recently moved to Italy, I think I will spend most of the break sorting out the house where I plan to live."

But before dealing with his realestate issue, Tsunoda will tackled this weekend's round of racing at the demanding Hungaroring, a track he is acquainted with having raced in Budapest in F3 and in F2.

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"It is physically demanding because of the hot weather and the fact there are no straight sections to have a rest, so I think it could be tough," he said

"I don’t know how I will get on, but I feel ready for it.

"The Hungaroring will be very different to Silverstone. I like this track even though last time I raced there in Formula 2, I didn’t get a good result because of a poor qualifying and in the race I did a lot of damage to my front wing.

"As a track though I really like it, as it is very challenging, requiring maximum downforce on the car. One side of it that is interesting is how much corner speed you can carry into the turns and generally it is a fun track to drive."

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Alonso never imagined he'd still be racing at 40

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Alonso never imagined he'd still be racing at 40

Birthday boy Fernando Alonso says he never imagined early on in his career that he would still be racing at the highest level of motorsport at the ripe old age of 40.

The Alpine driver celebrated his 40th birthday at the Hungaroring on Thursday, the venue where he won his first F1 race, 18 years ago, driving for Renault.

But for Alonso, age is just a number, and it's a bigger number than what he feels.

"I feel not 40 for sure," he said. "It's the number, but it's surprising me as well when I see it, when I see everywhere in the motorhome, because the team prepared a very nice decoration in my room and in the lunch area as well.

"It's a bigger number than what I feel, but it's the way it is."

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Asked whether he imagined he would still be on the grid eighteen years after his debut, the 32-time Grand Prix winner said: "No, probably not.

"You live only the present, you're not thinking too much about the future at that age and you're just focused on the race weekend. You can't imagine yourself more than two or three years in time from that moment.

"Now it's a different thing, I'm more used to the sport, to Formula 1 and the things that are quite unique here.

"When I came into the sport, I was from a very small town in the north of Spain with no experience, no background, no nothing and then you arrive into this world and you're shocked for five, six, seven years until you are used to everything.

"Now it's a little bit different. You know how things are and you're enjoying a little bit more."

Alonso was paired in Thursday's presser at the Hungaroring with Sebastian Vettel, one of his fiercest past rivals, and a driver with whom he continues to spar, although not at the front of the field.

Vettel paid a heartfelt tribute to Alonso, insisting the Spaniard was one of the biggest talents ever seen in the sport.

"The first race that Fernando was back this year, we had some wheel to wheel, and I was actually smiling in the cockpit, because I'd been looking forward to more of it this year, and I think we had a little," said Vettel.

"I always enjoy [racing] Fernando. He won here in 2003 [and] I was in front of the TV and I remember when he won.

"I think his talent is without doubt, the skills on track one of the biggest that the sport has seen, and he's done something which I thought was impossible to do, which is beating Michael, because when I grew up, it was like, Michael is the number one and impossible to beat – and Fernando started beating him.

"I think that's an achievement and obviously he's had such a long career, so many different cars, so I consider it a pleasure to race beside him and fight him on the track."

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