Yuki Tsunoda was doing good in Baku, where he managed to reach Q3. However, it did not end as he wanted after hitting the wall at the end of the session.
After many difficult races, Tsunoda seemed to have found a good rhythm in qualifying at Baku reaching Q3 for the first time.
He was sitting in P8 when he started his last qualifying lap. While approaching Turn 3, the Japanese driver missed the braking point and went straight into the wall, causing a red flag.
“I was just pushing too much,” said Tsunoda. “I thought I could stop enough before the corner, but I got a front lock and no chance to make the corner.
“I’m OK, I’m sorry for the team. I think the pace was there. It’s a mixed feeling, there was definitely the potential to be in a higher position so it’s a shame.”
Despite crashing out in qualifying, Tsunoda still believes that the race can bring something positive.
“Tomorrow is a new day, and I think compared to Monaco, it’s a bit easier to overtake, so hopefully with strategy and tire management, we can put it all together,” he said.
Pierre Gasly was also extremely happy to see that his teammate was competitive around Baku.
“He did very well, especially building the pace session after session,” he said. “I think he should be pleased with what he has done, his first Q3 – it’s always nice.”