The Japanese Yuki Tsunoda entered the Turkey GP in 9th place, but ended up only in 14th place. The Japanese AlphaTauri driver regrets most of all, “that I couldn’t keep Lewis Hamilton behind me any longer”.
Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, who finished eleventh in the Turkish Grand Prix, bit his teeth against young Yuki Tsunoda for quite a while. The AlphaTauri driver fought like a lion against the world champion until the seventh lap. Hamilton finally passed the Japanese on the outside in turn 3. Tsunoda spun on lap 23 and fell back, in the end he ended up in 14th place.
Tsunoda says: “I put too much stress on my tires in the duel with Hamilton. It was difficult to keep up that pace. And then my lathe operator. You could basically forget about the rear-view mirrors. I couldn’t see anything because they were so dirty. I thought I had a car behind me and attacked. I overdid it and the spin ruined my race. What a shame, because today there would have been points.”
Yuki wanted to sell his skin as dearly as possible: “This is Honda’s final year in Formula 1 and I want Max Verstappen to be world champion. So I tried to keep Lewis behind me as long as possible. I wanted to do that for 20 rounds. Eight rounds is not enough.”