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Yuki Tsunoda wants to capitalize on testing experience at Imola this weekend

Yuki Tsunoda at the pre-season F1 testing in Bahrain. Credits: Red Bull Content Pool.

Yuki Tsunoda, who has already had plenty of laps completed at Imola, is looking to use it as an advantage this race weekend.

Yuki Tsunoda enters his second Formula 1 race this weekend. However, the race track at Imola is quite familiar to him. During the preparation for his F1 debut, the young Japanese driver had several testing sessions with AlphaTauri at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Reflecting on the experience, Tsunoda believes that this as well as the Bahrain GP will help him have a good result this time around.

“I think when we come to tracks that are new to me, like Portimao and Monaco, that will be tougher than Bahrain,” Tsunoda said.

“It won’t be a problem in Imola, as I have driven there a lot and so I can work in a similar way to what I did in Bahrain. I will use the experience from the first race and I already have confidence in the car in Imola,” he added.

Tsunoda also shared his approach to the race weekend, stating that he would cautious in order not to make any mistakes.

“I will start the weekend gradually building up my pace. That will be the key because you don’t want to make a mistake in FP1 which will make you lose your confidence. Because we have driven there before the season, as a team we can just focus on car set-up and try and maximize that advantage and hopefully, we can have a good result. It’s important as it is a home race for the team and even for me, it feels like home,” Tsunoda commented.

In the end, Tsunoda said that he was surprised by the praise he got after his first F1 race weekend in Bahrain.

“It was interesting that after Bahrain, I think I got a bigger reaction from European fans than from those in Japan. It’s a cultural thing: Japanese fans want to see what I do in a few rounds before getting a proper impression.”

“I was surprised at that reaction in Europe. I didn’t expect it, because for me, Bahrain was not a perfect weekend and I was hoping to finish higher. I am happy about the fans’ support, but I don’t feel pressure because of it, I take it as something positive and this weekend I will just get on and do my job.”

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