Tsunoda feeling ‘more pressure to perform’ ahead of 2022 F1 season

AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda has admitted he’s feeling ‘more pressure to perform’ as he embarks on his second season in Formula 1.
Tsunoda feeling ‘more pressure to perform’ ahead of 2022 F1 season

Tsunoda struggled during his rookie F1 season as he was comprehensively out-performed by AlphaTauri teammate Pierre Gasly.

Despite his poor season, Tsunoda showed flashes of brilliance such as scoring points on his debut or finishing fourth at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Tsunoda thinks now he’s in a better position to adapt to the challenges and problems that are thrown up at him given he has a year’s experience under his belt.

“I'm really looking forward to racing again,” Tsunoda said. “I feel I have a much better understanding of what I have to do than I did a year ago, I know how to prepare in order to perform well. I know what my weak points are, I have all of my experience from last year to build on and I have been working hard to be ready. 

“Last year, if anything unexpected or unusual happened, I could not adapt quickly enough to deal with the situation, which is why I struggled in a lot of races. I ended last year well, with a fourth place in Abu Dhabi, so I want to carry that momentum into this new season. I feel more pressure to perform now than I did last year, but it's a good pressure, which is motivation for me when I'm training.”

Tsunoda remains confident he can continue the form he showed in the final part of last season - regular Q3 appearances and challenging for points - into this year.

“I want to improve my pace and the consistency in the way I drive,” Tsunoda added. “I know what I have to do to achieve that. If I can work the way I did at the last three or four races of last year, that will be a good way to start. 

“It won't be easy, but I am confident that I can achieve that.”

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