Yuki Tsunoda Only ‘50% Happy’ With Captivating F1 Debut At Bahrain

Yuki Tsunoda impressed many in the paddock during testing and the 2021 season-opener at Bahrain.

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Japanese F1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda made waves in his debut race in the pinnacle of motorsport, with him successfully pulling off a number of bold and brave overtakes as he moved his AlphaTauri up into the points at Bahrain.

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Tsunoda looked strong in qualifying but ended up getting knocked out of Q2 and started the Bahrain GP in P13, while team-mate Pierre Gasly managed to qualify on the third row of the grid in P5.

However, the Frenchman wrecked his race after he hit the back of a McLaren and lost his car’s front-wing.

In contrast, Tsunoda had a strong debut race and pulled off several fantastic overtakes, including a number of great moves on former F1 World Champions Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, as he worked his way up to ninth.

However, speaking after the race, Tsunoda said he was only 50 percent happy with his performance despite him scoring points in his debut F1 grand prix.

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“I was glad to get points but I lost quite a few positions on the first lap,” Tsunoda said.

“That was my big mistake. I had to recover from there. I’m happy 50 percent. It was possible to go more forward for the positions.

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“My first points feel okay but I think there is a lot of space to improve for the next race at Imola,” he added.

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