Yuki Tsunoda believes that he needs to regain his confidence before he can try and match the pace of AlphaTauri teammate Pierre Gasly after a string of errors saw him quickly lose momentum following a strong debut.
Tsunoda revealed that he had never heard of Spa Francorchamps before his Formula 3 days and that despite the recent knowledge of the circuit, he enjoys racing at the circuit, where he earned his maiden F3 podium.
“I like this track. It’s really iconic, Eau Rouge especially. Most of the corners are high speed and it’s a really challenging track,” Tsunoda told RacingNews365.com.
“At Spa, I will try to make a good baseline and just drive as much as possible.
“As soon as I get confidence or regain the confidence, I will try to match him [Gasly] or have more consistency to beat him. But right now, I don’t think too much and I just [need to] focus on myself.”
Over the years, Spa Francorchamps has had its share of dangerous accidents, including the fatal crash of Anthoine Hubert in Formula 2 in 2019. There were other major accidents, in the 24 Hours of Spa and in the W Series, in the same area which has proven to be dangerous in the past, Eau Rouge and Raidillon.
Tsunoda expressed his thoughts on the matter, suggesting that there could be minor tweaks made to ensure that there can be racing, without compromising the safety of the drivers.
“It’s racing and you can’t expect anything. Racing is really good, but at the same time, there’s always that risk with this [type of] crash. We always accept that, but still, I think Spa needs a little bit of improvement,” Tsunoda explained.
“Gravel next to Eau Rouge and Raidillon can be improved to avoid like a side crash.
“They don’t have to change the corners or the layout, they maybe have to change the gravel a little bit,” Tsunoda concluded.