Tsunoda admits he needs to change qualifying approach

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JUNE 24: Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Scuderia AlphaTauri talks in a Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring on June 24, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Christian Bruna – Pool/Getty Images)

AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda admitted he needs to change his qualifying approach after multiple incidents that ended his session early.

The Japanese rookie had multiple qualifying incidents, the last one during last weekend’s French Grand Prix, where he spun in Q1 at the first corner as he was coming out of the pits. Tsunoda admits he pushes too hard, and that he needs to change his approach.

“Normally, I tend to always push hard from the beginning of Q1, which I don’t have to,” he said. “It’s not necessary to do it as our car is consistently having good pace. It’s always got potential to go through to Q3 but I tend to always push from the beginning.

“Recently, in the last three races, I did two mistakes for the same reason – pushing too hard from the first [lap]. That makes the whole qualifying finished. Just got to be a bit more easy, I would say – take a more different approach, to be more relaxed. I would say I will build it up and be also confident from FP1.

“We will see how the [new] approach works. I don’t want to do mistakes again but still, I’ve got to push in the qualifying to have a good result.”

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