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Yuki Tsunoda looks to get to Q3 at Imola

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

AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda wants to make it to Q3 on Saturday’s Imola Grand Prix qualifying session as well as critisized his performance in Bahrain.

Yuki Tsunoda has received quite a lot of praise regarding his debut race weekend at Bahrain GP. Despite getting such feedback, the young Japanese driver himself was not too impressed with how he had driven under the lights in the desert, evaluating his performance ‘5 out of 10.’

“Five I would say. Of course I was really happy to get points for the team, first race, first points,” Tsunoda said ahead of the Imola GP.

“But also at the same time I was aiming for a more high position before the race week. It was possible to be top-six, so mixed feelings. I learned a lot of things in Bahrain. It wasn’t the result I wanted, from Q2 especially. The race, I had a really bad start, lost a couple of positions,” he added.

“[But] overall, a really positive race week for the future, for the team. I think we showed we have a competitive car.”

Yuki Tsunoda is optimistic about his chances to perform at Imola and at the same time sets high goals for himself, including the appearance in Q3:

“I drove here before the season so I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “I think I have a bit of an advantage with that. I just have to use that advantage to the maximum and hopefully it will be better result. Of course I’m aiming higher than Bahrain for the result – and especially in qualifying, I want to go to Q3 this time so and get a good result and also for the team.”

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