Yuki Tsunoda revealed what AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost told him during the summer break, stating that he called for more discipline from the young rookie.
While Tsunoda impressed many at the season opener in Bahrain, he quickly lost momentum, following a series of costly errors during qualifyings and races as well as unprofessional conduct over the radio.
“I talked with Franz during the summer break and he said to me, ‘I need more discipline’, and I completely agree with that. So I’ll stick to my plan and try to get more laps [during a race weekend],” Tsunoda told RacingNews365.com.
“I tended to always put pressure on myself to improve so even when I win if the race was not good enough, I was not fully happy with that race.
“My expectations were too high [for F1] and I was thinking F1 would be a little bit more easy. As soon as I break my rhythm or don’t go well, for example in Imola, I started to get confused, so that’s why I struggled. The time I came into F1 was not the issue for me.”