Rookie Yuki Tsunoda made his mark with a stellar Bahrain debut, but the AlphaTauri pilot’s frustrated radio messages also became a hallmark. But on the last Beyond the grid podcast, Tsunoda said he is working on “controlling himself” on radio for future Grands Prix.
In Bahrain, Tsunoda raged against traffic and joked that being calm was his “weakest point”; had a rant full of exclamations at Imola “Traffic paradise” in Imola; and his race engineer told him to “calm down” after a radio exchange in Spain.
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The 21-year-old Japanese driver has said his radio communications are a sticking point and something – especially after his Spanish GP crisis – that he is working to improve.
“Controlling myself is now the main topic for me now 100%, and especially in Barcelona I was totally out of control,” said Tsunoda. “I don’t know why but I just hit the radio. I didn’t have to, but just hit the radio.
“I don’t know why but I must have yelled at them. this is definitely my weak point now and I now need to really improve these radio communications. And from there it got better for things on the radio and I think it could be [even] better.”
Tsunoda stressed that he was most irritated by the incoming radio communications when he was on a pushing or flying turn – something other pilots, notably Kimi Raikkonen, also find frustrating.
“I don’t know why I’m too hot in the [cockpit]. I really like doing the turn on my own naturally, although I don’t want anything to interfere with my pushing turn, especially if I’m doing a good turn. I think most riders have the same, ”he added.
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The AlphaTauri rider added that he had no doubts about the importance of his radio messages to the engineers back on the pit wall.
“I think radio communication is the most important thing for Formula 1 in particular; there is no point in yelling on the radio, and if you want some advice from there just say “what’s the matter now and what’s the car’s limitation now?” Really calm, and they will support us.
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“If you just scream, there’s nothing they can do. Radio communications are important at the moment, I think.
Listen to the full episode of Beyond the grid with Yuki Tsunoda in the player above, on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Amazon Music, or your favorite podcast platform, to hear him talk about food, his road to F1, the little details surrounding his first F1 race, and much more!