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Tsunoda: Austin my finest F1 race up to now

The Japanese driver certified 10th and completed ninth in Austin, behind the eight vehicles from the Crimson Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren groups. He was one in every of solely two drivers to qualify and begin on the unfavoured comfortable tyres, together with Carlos Sainz.

It was the primary time he had made the highest 10 since he completed sixth within the Hungarian GP.

“It was a superb step,” he mentioned.

“[It’s been a] very long time [with] no factors, and I believe from particularly Turkey I had a fairly good progress, and ultimately in Turkey I had an enormous mistake, however I improved these issues and introduced the automobile again dwelling.

“I used to be fairly constant, and likewise I believe the most effective race I did within the season up to now, even with this tough state of affairs.

“I believe I would like numerous area, I’ve to be taught, so simply maintain pushing and having extra constant factors.”

After a superb begin at COTA, he spent the early a part of the race holding off the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, having run forward of Lewis Hamilton for some time in Turkey.

“Usually I lose rather a lot positions on the primary lap,” he mentioned.

“And this time I gained a few positions, went somewhat bit extra aggressive in comparison with different rounds, and it was okay, so I will simply maintain doing like this.

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02, Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02, Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

Picture by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

“I am glad, particularly as my team-mate had an unlucky retirement and [I was] extra answerable for scoring factors, particularly once we take into consideration the groups’ championship.

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“Even small factors ultimately could be large factor, so I am pleased with what I did.

“It was not straightforward, positively. I actually struggled for the rear in excessive velocity understeer, however ultimately, speaking with engineers to attempt to recuperate with the switches, I managed to deliver it again dwelling.

“I believe we did even good step for the communication between my engineers and me.”

Tsunoda says he is aware of the place he can enhance for the subsequent race, including: ”I believe additionally I must dial up somewhat bit from the FP1, I used to be going P18, P18, FP1, FP2, which typically makes the engineers or staff having query marks to me.

“And I’ve to somewhat bit take into consideration technique in qualifying, so I’ve to enhance somewhat bit these issues particularly from the subsequent spherical. I’ll concentrate on these issues for subsequent time.”

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