“Controlling myself is now the main topic for me now” – Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda made his debut in Bahrain this year, impressing spectators with his immediate control and speed in the AT02.
As the season ploughed on, the 21-year-old began to gain a reputation a little less impressive – for his hot-tempered exchanges on the team radio.
Most notably, in Imola, Tsunoda had an outburst on the team radio because of traffic conditions on track, and had to be told to “calm down” by his race engineer.
Speaking on the latest episode of Beyond the Grid, the Japanese driver said it’s something he is actively working on.
“Controlling myself is now the main topic for me now, 100%, and especially in Barcelona I was fully out of control,” he said.
“I don’t know why but I had to shout at them. this is definitely now my weak point and I have to now really improve on this radio communications. And from there it was getting better for radio things and I think it could be [even] better.”
He then admitted that he needs to remain calm going forward in order to get the most information – calmly- from the pit wall.
“I think radio communication is the most important thing for Formula 1 especially; there’s no point to shout on the radio, and if you want advice from then, say ‘what’s the issue now and what’s the limitation of the car now?’ really calm, and they are going to support us.”
Tsunoda currently sits 14th in the driver’s standings heading into round 6 in Azerbaijan – and continues to be impressively ahead of his fellow Haas rookies, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin who have yet to score points this season.
AlphaTauri sits 6th in the Constructors with 18 – while the next chance to land some vital points will be next weekend at the Baku City Circuit on June 6.