Yuki Tsunoda has accepted responsibility for an accident in Canada that halted his race and sorry to his AlphaTauri teammates.
Yuki Tsunoda has raised his hands and sorry to his AlphaTauri squad after a stupid incident forced him to withdraw from the Canadian Grand Prix.
The 22-year-old was delighted with his performance in Montreal until he crashed into the back of his AT03 while re-joining the circuit after a pit stop late in the race.
The Japanese racer is said to have hit a bump while returning back to the track ahead of his competitors by pushing “too hard,” a bump that was noticed and remarked on by others during practise.
“I screwed up,” he said to the media, including RacingNews365.com, as he criticised his mistake.
“I’ve already been to apologise to all the team. I just pushed too much on pit exit and, unfortunately, I went into the wall.”
Tsunoda added: “The pace was good today, and we’d made a strong recovery up until that point, even if it was hard to overtake, so I’m disappointed with that ending.”
AlphaTauri will review the results from Montreal
The accident was the lone bright spot in an otherwise disappointing weekend for AlphaTauri, who were shut out for the third time this season.
Pierre Gasly, who finished sixth in Azerbaijan, could only get as far as 14th on race day, as he and Tsunoda were both eliminated.
Gasly said: “We were struggling a lot with grip, sliding around a lot in these conditions, and we just didn’t have the pace to fight inside the top 10.”
Alpine and Alfa Romeo, meanwhile, both finished with double points, expanding their lead over AlphaTauri, who finished seventh.
“We will have to analyse everything, but objectively we were just too slow in the race. Likewise, we didn’t get lucky with the Virtual Safety Car, but at the end of the day, it wouldn’t have changed our end result that much,” he continued.
“We need to use the gap now to work out what we could’ve done better, so we can arrive in Silverstone as best prepared as possible.”
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