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Overtaking Alonso was “emotional” for Tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda. Credit: Red Bull Content Pool

Passing your idol is always something very special. Yuki Tsunoda was able to experience that today.

The Japanese showed a good performance in his first F1 Grand Prix and finished the race in P9.

He was also able to overtake his idol Fernando Alonso in this race. It was “very emotional” for him because in those moments he can remember his visit to the Japanese Grand Prix as a child, where he had seen Alonso.

“The last time I saw Alonso racing was 13 years ago – I was watching at Fuji Speedway when he was driving for McLaren and Renault. I’m really proud. I was really happy that I overtook him, of course it’s not the same car, but yeah, I was happy.”

Despite his ninth-place finish, he knows he still has to improve.

“I’m happy but also disappointed – especially with my first lap. I lost too many positions on the first lap and then after that it also took some time to recover those positions. I’m happy to get a point for my first race and for the team. A positive thing was that I learnt a lot in this race, so I’ll just do better for Imola next time.”

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