Tsunoda: Staying calm is my weakest point

Michelle Foster
Yuki Tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda

Turning the airwaves blue in his very first practice session as an official F1 driver, Yuki Tsunoda admits staying calm is his “weakest point”.

Tsunoda is making his Formula 1 debut with AlphaTauri this season, one of three rookies on the grid.

But while the Haas rookies quietly went out their business, the same cannot be said of the Japanese driver who let rip at the traffic in FP1.

He later explained to the official F1 website that while he is working at cutting down on the swearing and keeping his focus, sometimes it gets too much.

“Yeah, I always try to be more calm every session because this is like my weakest point,” he said.

“Mentality-side, last year I was more swearing a lot and losing my focus, so I’m trying to train like this to not swear a lot but I was too emotional out there in Free Practice 1.

“This session [FP2] there was no swearing, so good step from me and yeah, that’s good.”

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The 20-year-old finished FP2 seventh fastest, just 0.447s down on Max Verstappen’s pace-setting time.

While happy with the progress he may between sessions, he feels his flying lap wasn’t “perfect”

“Yeah, it was okay,” he said. “It was not the perfect lap, but I think compared to Free Practice 1, I [made a] better performance overall.

“For the car and the team, I think it was very good progress through this session.”

The next step is to make it into Q3 in Saturday’s qualifying and beat his team-mate Pierre Gasly.

“Of course, [I want to] go to Q3, get a top eight or top seven, that would be great,” he said.

“Main focus for me: do my best performance and beat my team-mate.”

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