Emilia Romagna GP: Tsunoda and Lando Norris Have a Funny Exchange Before Imola F1 Qualifying

Published 04/17/2021, 4:06 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda arrives at the circuit ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Yuki Tsunoda is the new kid on the block this season. So, he is understandably looking forward to his second race of the season, and some might even say that he’s “too excited.” When the Japanese driver posted that he was ready for the qualifying session, McLaren’s Lando Norris found it to be the perfect opportunity to troll him.


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In FP1, Tsunoda didn’t get off to a great start and even ended up going off track. He came dead last on the timesheet with a lap time of 1.19.781. However, in the second practice session, he significantly improved and came seventh on the timesheet.

The 20-year-old managed to score his first points in Formula One at his very first last Grand Prix, the season-opener Bahrain GP. He now hopes to carry forward the momentum and get a better result in Italy.


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Lando Norris reminds Yuki Tsunoda about FP3

Tsunoda took to Instagram to post a picture of his car, captioned, “Flying into Quali like.”

Norris, being a good colleague, decided to remind Yuki that they still had another free practice session to get to.

“FP3 first mate”

Lando helping a rookie out from formula1

But then, Tsunoda decided to keep the joke going, commenting, “Oops I’m new here.”

The Japanese driver aims for a better result in Imola than in Bahrain

The race at Imola will be Yuki’s second race in Formula One. The young driver impressed everyone in the season opener in Bahrain but hopes to bring home more points this weekend.

He said, “I drove here before the season so I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “I think I have a bit of an advantage with that. I just have to use that advantage to the maximum and hopefully it will be better result.

“Of course I’m aiming higher than Bahrain for the result  and especially in qualifying, I want to go to Q3 this time so and get a good result and also for the team.”


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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The much-awaited fast-paced, high-intensity qualifying is today. Tsunoda will be aiming to unleash the full potential of the car as they go around the track, hoping to get a good position for Sunday’s race.

Where do you think the young AlphaTauri driver will start on race day? Lets us know in the comments below.


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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.