Bahrain Grand Prix was the first race for Yuki Tsunoda in his F1 career, and he will be remembered for the first points he won. However, he says he is frustrated by the big mistakes he made over the weekend. Tsunoda is the first Japanese in Formula 1 from Kamui Kobayashi and is also interesting for the fact that he is the first grid driver to be born in the 21st century.
After the first weekend in the new season, it is clear to everyone that this is a young driver with very high potential and a future in sports. He finished in ninth place in the race and thus won two points. Tsunoda is aware that he could have done more, and it seems that he really has great potential, which he showed in this race as well.
Still, there was a lack of his experience, and it was obvious that many more races were needed for Tsunoda to gain experience and feeling. In this race, he thinks he could have done a lot more, and he is partly happy with the points he won, but you can feel his huge motivation for winning and winning points, which is definitely a great thing for him.
First points for Tsunoda
"I am glad that I won points, but I lost several positions in the first round. It was a big mistake and I had to save the situation. I would say I am 50 percent happy, ”he says. "It's okay to feel to win the first points, but I believe there is a lot of room to progress to the next race at Imola."
"The pace was good, I struggled a lot with dirty air while I was behind Stroll, so I made a lot of mistakes." “In the last lap, there was room for a move in the first bend. I just tried and succeeded, I'm happy with the first points.
" Tsunoda also overtook Fernando Alonso during the race, who is one of the biggest Formula 1 star from his childhood. “For me, that moment was quite emotional, he’s a Formula 1 star and someone I watched growing up, it was pretty exciting,” Tsunoda concludes.
Tsunoda somewhat improved the race for AlphaTauri which had high expectations after Pierre Gasly qualified as fifth. However, due to contact in the first lap of the race with Daniel Ricciardo, the Frenchman fell to the very back of the standings and failed to finish in points.