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Tsunoda’s Imola F1 qualifying crash ‘a part of the rookie journey’

Tsunoda starred for AlphaTauri on debut in Bahrain final month as he fought by to ninth place, however endured a tougher second race weekend on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Tsunoda crashed closely early in Q1 at Imola, shedding the rear of the automobile on the exit of the Variante Alta chicane. It meant he needed to begin the race in the back of the grid, and left his automobile in want of a brand new gearbox and energy unit parts attributable to harm precipitated within the crash.

The Crimson Bull junior driver stated that he got “too excited” during his Q1 hot lap, resulting in the crash, however AlphaTauri technical director Jody Egginton didn’t assume Tsunoda needed to change his strategy, placing the error down as a rookie error.

“I feel it’s truthful to say that he’s been fairly measured to date,” Egginton stated.

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“The lap began properly, he was not wayward earlier within the lap or doing something that was ridiculous. Sector 1 regarded fairly good, Sector 2 regarded OK. He simply obtained on the throttle somewhat bit early on the kerb and it’s all obtained away from him.

“It’s simply a type of issues that occurs with a younger driver, early of their profession. I feel any of those guys [in F1] have all the time had these incidents.

“So it’s not a pattern of him pushing too laborious and going excessive, it simply obtained away from him right now.

“In hindsight, he most likely may have taken a bit extra margin, however that’s a part of the rookie journey isn’t it?”

Yuki Tsunoda 2021 Emilia Romagna GP

Yuki Tsunoda 2021 Emilia Romagna GP

Picture by: Peter Fox/Getty Photos

Tsunoda was capable of combat his method again up the order within the race, sitting 10th below the pink flag earlier than spinning on the restart – having simply handed Lewis Hamilton – and dropping to the rear once more. He in the end completed 13th.

Crimson Bull advisor Helmut Marko stated the error in qualifying was “a silly mistake”, however joked that “you possibly can’t make him even smaller than he already is”.

“I spoke to him and he was fairly downbeat,” Marko stated.

“He had a quick automobile that was completely Q3 prepared. He had nice sector occasions on his very first lap. It would not assist in any respect to set a good time there. He was overconfident.”

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