Tsunoda 'lost his mind' in Spain, seeks reset in Monaco

Yuki Tsunoda says he is seeking a Formula 1 reset at the Monaco Grand Prix, after admitting he "lost his mind" last time out in Spain.

Tsunoda 'lost his mind' in Spain, seeks reset in Monaco
Listen to this article

The Japanese rookie had to apologise to his AlphaTauri team in Barcelona after suggesting in a television interview that he may not be getting identical machinery to teammate Pierre Gasly.

His comments came after a shock Q1 exit in the Spanish Grand Prix, where he also let rip on team radio about his car as he ended up 16th on the grid and was at a loss to explain why.

But after a difficult overall weekend, which ended with an early mechanical failure in the race, Tsunoda says he hopes that he can start things with a clean slate in Monte Carlo.

"Especially in Barcelona I had a really difficult race week," he said. "I don't want to do again that kind of race week in the future, so [I want to] just have a reset.

"But still, especially in qualifying [and the comments] on the radio, I feel really a lot of regrets. I lost my mind. Even now, I shouldn't say that, the thing I just said in Barcelona. So yeah I just don't want to do it again and have to reset from there.

"And it's a new track, Monaco it is traditional track. And one my favourite tracks, [even though] I never driven it."

Read Also:

Tsunoda says that having not raced on the streets of Monaco before, it will be important for him to take a steady approach to building his speed up.

"I don't have any experience here, so just have to build up the pace," he explained.

"I think the approach to Monaco compared to other tracks is a little bit different, especially as you don't want to go immediately pushing hard and go into the wall.

"So I think building up the pace is the most important thing. And I think to have proper clean sessions, especially FP1, FP2 and FP3 is really important for building up confidence, and to prepare for qualifying.

"The main target for me is to have clean sessions those sessions. Yeah and also we have a break between Thursday and Saturday, which is a bit of an unusual thing, so hopefully I can adapt to that as well.

"I think I can use the experience from the past and to improve from my side, and yeah, hopefully it's going to be a good race week for AlphaTauri."

shares
comments

Related video

Monaco GP: Perez leads Sainz, Verstappen in FP1
Previous article

Monaco GP: Perez leads Sainz, Verstappen in FP1

Next article

Why McLaren's special Monaco livery is such a hit

Why McLaren's special Monaco livery is such a hit
Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss Prime

Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss

OPINION: Fred Vasseur has spent only a few weeks as team principal for the Ferrari Formula 1 team, but is already intent on taking the Scuderia back to the very top. And despite it being arguably the most demanding job in motorsport, the Frenchman is relishing the challenge

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023 Prime

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023

Changes to the regulations for season two of Formula 1's ground-effects era aim to smooth out last year’s troubles and shut down loopholes. But what areas have been targeted, and what impact will this have?

Formula 1
Jan 26, 2023
Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history? Prime

Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history?

Who are the quickest drivers in Formula 1 history? Luke Smith asked a jury of experienced and international panel of experts and F1 insiders. Some of them have worked closely with F1’s fastest-ever drivers – so who better to vote on our all-time top 50? We’re talking all-out speed here rather than size of trophy cabinet, so the results may surprise you…

Formula 1
Jan 25, 2023
One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1 Prime

One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1

OPINION: During what is traditionally a very quiet time of year in the Formula 1 news cycle, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been generating headlines. He’s been commenting on massive topics in a championship that loves them, but also addressing necessary smaller changes too. Here we suggest a further refinement that would be a big boon to fans

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
How can McLaren keep hold of Norris? Prime

How can McLaren keep hold of Norris?

Lando Norris is no longer the young cheeky-chappy at McLaren; he’s now the established ace. And F1's big guns will come calling if the team can’t give him a competitive car. Here's what the team needs to do to retain its prize asset

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
What difference did F1's fastest pitstops of 2022 make? Prime

What difference did F1's fastest pitstops of 2022 make?

While a quick pitstop can make all the difference to the outcome of a Formula 1 race, most team managers say consistency is more important than pure speed. MATT KEW analyses the fastest pitstops from last season to see which ones – if any – made a genuine impact

Formula 1
Jan 23, 2023
When F1 'holiday' races kept drivers busy through the winter Prime

When F1 'holiday' races kept drivers busy through the winter

Modern Formula 1 fans have grown accustomed to a lull in racing during winter in the northern hemisphere. But, as MAURICE HAMILTON explains, there was a time when teams headed south of the equator rather than bunkering down in the factory. And why not? There was fun to be had, money to be made and reputations to forge…

Formula 1
Jan 20, 2023
What Porsche social media frenzy says about F1’s manufacturer allure Prime

What Porsche social media frenzy says about F1’s manufacturer allure

Porsche whipped up a frenzy thanks to a cryptic social media post last week, and though it turned out to be a false alarm, it also highlighted more just why manufacturers remain such an important element in terms of the attraction that they bring to F1. It is little wonder that several other manufacturers are bidding for a slice of the action.

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2023