Yuki Tsunoda’s fruity language has been one of the stand-out additions to the F1 grid this year – and he has now explained why he swears so much.
For anyone unaware of his presence before this season, followers of Formula 2 will have already been aware of his radio antics, and he has already been lighting up the airwaves with some colourful exchanges for better or worse.
The Japanese rookie, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Tuesday, came under fire in Spain after, you guessed it, swearing on his radio about how he felt about his AlphaTauri car in qualifying – to the point where his race engineer told him to calm down, and Tsunoda apologised for his outburst afterwards.
“Always when I go into the cockpit, I try to always not swear,” Tsunoda told WTF1. “But as soon as I put on the helmet and get out in [the car], I just forget everything.
“Initially, when I got traffic and had a push lap, some of the switches in my body turned on and I started to shout. So when I get out in the car I don’t know why I press the radio and swear, because I don’t have to press the radio and swear.
“So that is one of my weak points, but also it’s a good thing to race and have passion. I think Portugal was a bit better, I didn’t swear much and I tried to improve that.”
20 was a year of change, let's see how 21 goes😆
Thank you to everyone that has and continues to support me! It is a dream come true to be in F1 at this age.
— 角田裕毅/Yuki Tsunoda (@yukitsunoda07) May 11, 2021
Frustrations for Tsunoda boiled over when, after going out of qualifying in Q1 at Imola, he had been overtaking plenty of cars on a recovery drive but undid his good work by spinning out after a Safety Car period.
With that in mind, his language did not have much of a filter when that happened – and he recounted his emotions surrounding that weekend.
“Imola was one of the worst race weeks in the last two years,” he elaborated. “I was just swearing for the whole session.”
After a bright start in Bahrain, the Japanese driver’s form has since tailed off somewhat, with his team-mate Pierre Gasly saying he will learn to control his temper as his career progresses.
“Yuki obviously had a tough qualifying and is quite emotional,” the Frenchman told reporters in Spain on Sunday.
“So I think it’s a bit of emotional control. But he’s also young and I believe he will learn and improve on this side of things.”