AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda had to calm down his racing style as he admits he was overly aggressive during the first half of the season, which led to multiple mistakes from the rookie.

Tsunoda came into his first Formula 1 season not only with aggressive radio messages but with an aggressive racing style, which cost him in multiple races as he had many crashes during the first five races of the season. Reflecting back on it, the Japanese said he “tried to calm down” his aggressiveness.

“For the driving, I would say I didn’t change the driving style, maybe a little bit of change, I tried to calm down for those [moments] when I have to be aggressive,” he told Motorsport.com.

“For example, I was too aggressive sometimes in the first five race days, straight after, you know, straight into Q1, you know, mistakes [happened].

“If I had a big snap [in Formula 2] it was a bit easier to control, but it is Formula 1. It is hard to control than any other junior categories cars, so [as] soon as I realized that, I think I tried to be more calm.

“And of course, in race as soon as I got confidence I try to be aggressive and come back to the normal style. But yeah, I changed a little bit my approach for that.”

Talking about his expectations coming into his first Formula 1 season, Tsunoda admitted hoping for a better start than what he actually had.

“To be honest, what I expect before the season, and compared to now, it’s different,” he said.

“Before the season I was expecting a little bit more of a better season. I have also had big mistakes, and also some of the races I did good, so it’s up and down.

“I thought it’s [going to be] more consistent. But so far, I think I’ve learned a lot of things.

“It’s good that I did make big mistakes in the beginning of the year, rather than doing it in the end of the year, so it is just the learning curve at the moment and I just accept this kind of situation and try to move forward.

“I didn’t expect [the curve to be] this steep. Like, for example, how you set up the car. And also, it’s not like driving with no switches, there’s a lot of switches compared to junior categories on the steering wheel, so you have to be more precise.”

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