Alpha Tauri’s Yuki Tsunoda will change his qualifying approach for the Portuguese Grand Prix after “two massive mistakes” cost him in Imola.

Tsunoda crashed in Q1 at Imola, and capped off the race by spinning away a good haul of points in a disappointing weekend for the Japanese driver.

Speaking ahead of the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao, Tsunoda said he will change his qualifying approach from now on.

“Imola for me was a big week, especially for learning,” Tsunoda said

“I did a huge mistake, two huge mistakes in race week and, as a result, for the team also was a really bad race week. I expect more high positions and also that was quite a big chance to score points so was a real shame, and I felt really sorry for the team. But as a driver, we’re learning, I learned a lot from Imola and Bahrain and I take it really positive for the future so it’s quite a mixed feeling.”

“Also for me, I need a clean race for the team and I think for the work and for the championship and the team standings. The performance is there, I just have to put it all together and I will in the future.”

Tsunoda scored two points in Bahrain, and is hoping to add to them come toe Portuguese Grand Prix, where practice action begins tomorrow.

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