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Tsunoda “too excited” before Imola qualifying crash

IMOLA, ITALY – APRIL 17: Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Scuderia AlphaTauri climbs out of his car after a crash during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 17, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Yuki Tsunoda has apologized for his Emilia Romagna qualifying crash, saying he was “too excited” while driving the car.

The AlphaTauri driver crashed in Q1 at the Variante Alta section. He lost control of the car and hit the barriers of turn 15 with the rear of the car.

“I was pushing too much on entry,” Tsunoda said. “To be honest, until then the lap felt great actually. I think potentially it was easy to go through Q1 with one tire [set].

“I was just too excited, for me there was a series of mistakes and I feel really sorry for the team to have the result today, and I’ll just drive my best tomorrow.”

The Japanese will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix from the last place of the grid unless penalties are inflicted on other drivers in regards to components.

“Tomorrow is going to be maybe different conditions. It’s rain. Can happen anything, so just really [need to] put it all together and just don’t do the mistakes like today,” he said.

“I really hope the car is repaired properly for tomorrow. But yeah, just feel sorry for the team today.”

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