Tsunoda opens up on angry radio blasts admitting ‘I was completely out of control’
Rookie Yuki Tsunoda made his Bahrain debut, but the AlphaTauri pilot’s frustrated radio messages also became a trademark. But on the last Beyond the grid podcast, Tsunoda said he was working on “controlling himself” on radio for future Grands Prix.
In Bahrain, Tsunoda raged at the traffic and joked that being calm was his “weak point”; had a curse-filled rant at Imola’s “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 said his radio communications were a sticking point, and something – especially after his Spanish GP blast – that he is working to improve.
“Controlling myself is now the main topic for me now 100%, and especially in Barcelona I was completely 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 now my weak point and now I really need to 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 heated in the [cockpit]. I really like doing the lap on my own naturally, although I don’t want anything to disturb my pushing lap, especially if I’m doing a good lap. I think most pilots have the same thing, ”he added.
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Rider AlphaTauri added that he had no doubts about the importance of his radio messages to engineers 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 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!