AlphaTauri has confirmed Yuki Tsunoda’s contract for the subsequent season. The Japanese instructed how he ready for Components 1.
Yuki Tsunoda: “It began with the pre-season assessments for freshmen in Components 2. I used to be then twenty second within the protocol. The truth is, everybody confirmed their finest time on the Mushy tires, and I obtained caught in site visitors and could not get a great lap. Instantly after that, a checkered flag appeared, however I didn’t discover it, so I drove one other circle. It turned out to be certainly one of my finest laps on assessments. The consequence was not taken into consideration, however I felt extra assured.
I utterly centered on Components 2 and didn’t take into consideration the assessments at Imola in any respect. However since I knew that I’d sit behind the wheel in Imola within the second half of the season, I considered Components 1. Nonetheless, this story may not get a continuation in any respect if I used to be left with out a tremendous license, which may be very troublesome to acquire. That’s the reason I centered on the profitable completion of the season.
I spoke with Pierre Gasly a number of instances. I first met him at Honda Racing Thanks Day in 2018. Then I competed in Components 4, and he made his debut in Tremendous Components. He gained second place that 12 months and I used to be impressed along with his consequence. He tailored nicely in Japan, ending the season in second place within the particular person competitors – an incredible achievement. It is not going to be straightforward for me to compete with him subsequent 12 months, however I’ll attempt to do all the pieces proper. I wish to have a good time.
Most of all I like two tracks. To start with, Monza, as a result of that is the house observe for AlphaTauri and I’ve acquired many messages from Italian followers on social media. They love racing very a lot, so I am wanting ahead to assembly them in Monza. I’ve all the time dreamed of performing in Monaco, as a result of this can be a world well-known observe. I have never raced there but, however I am wanting ahead to this chance. Additionally, I’m very pleased to race in Suzuka and I’m proud to have the ability to carry out in entrance of the Japanese followers, so I wish to achieve success there.
To start with, I wish to thank Pink Bull and AlphaTauri. However most of all I’m grateful to Honda – this firm supported me from my debut in Components 4 to Components 2. It’s because of her that I’ve achieved such success. Honda’s final Components 1 season is forward and I wish to have a good time.
This 12 months I’ve been aiming for an excellent license, and having achieved my objective, I really feel relieved. I took step one in direction of a profession in Components 1. Once more, many because of Honda for the help. As well as, I wish to thank Helmut Marko for the chance to take the subsequent step in my profession. And due to my household – with out her I couldn’t be right here now. I’ve been racing since I used to be 4, and I’m sincerely grateful to my household for his or her help.
My dream has come true, however I have to show that I deserve this opportunity. The true struggle is simply starting. I’ve quite a bit to be taught. Helmut Marko expects me to be a quick learner. I wished to get into Components 1 on the age of 18-19 and due to the Carlin crew I realized quite a bit in each race. I’m glad that I used to be in Carlin – I respect this expertise and wish to use it in Components 1.
I felt strain all 12 months. I had a number of unsuccessful races the place I couldn’t earn factors. However through the season I used to be helped by a great mentor. As an alternative of specializing in the outcomes, I realized to concentrate on each lap, each session. Because of this, I started to really feel much less strain and was in a position to preserve focus till the final race in Components 2.
I wished to turn into a Components 1 driver and now this dream has come true. Now my objective is to realize success in Components 1. This requires teamwork, I’m positive that we with AlphaTauri will obtain good outcomes.
They began asking me concerning the contract even earlier than the assessments in Abu Dhabi. After they introduced my participation in these assessments, I used to be continually requested how issues had been with the contract. Earlier than the assessments in Abu Dhabi, Japanese followers discovered me to listen to the information. I’m happy that they’re anxious about me, and I’m wanting ahead to the chance to take part within the races. On assessments, I wished to indicate what I’m able to. I’ve quite a bit to be taught and use this data sooner or later.
I really like vogue and I am glad to be a part of the crew that represents the style model Pink Bull. I have already got an AlphaTauri jacket – it is very comfy. Consolation is extra essential than design. I’m wanting ahead to the brand new assortment. “