Yuki Tsunoda Calls Himself a ‘Lazy B*stard’ for Early 2021 F1 Mistakes

Published 12/24/2021, 3:42 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda during qualifying REUTERS/Murad Sezer


Yuki Tsunoda made his debut in Formula One in the 2021 season. He started his F1 career in fine fashion, finishing in points at the season-opener. But his season quickly tailed off after a series of poor performances and crashes. Everyone in the F1 paddock, including Yuki, was worried about his future in the sport.

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But the AlphaTauri driver made some changes to his lifestyle to finish the season strongly. Tsunoda stated that he was lazy at the start of the season and deciding to move to Italy proved beneficial for him.

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Before coming to Italy I was just a lazy b*stard: Yuki Tsunoda

As reported by Planetf1, the Japanese driver mentioned that after the race weekend he would play PlayStation all day in his home. And he would start preparing for the race weekends very late because he was having too much fun.

“The move helped me in terms of preparation. Before coming to Italy, I was just a lazy b*stard. After training, I would go straight home, turn on my PlayStation 5 and play all day, just trying to have fun,” said Yuki.

Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 4, 2021, AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

“I think that was the reason why, as I approached the [race] weekend, I had the feeling I had done everything frantically. I was only just starting to prepare for race week and I think it was too late.

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Some aspects improved after I moved to Italy. After the race, we went back to the factory to review the races to understand what the problems were, and this approach made a difference.” said the Japanese driver.

Tsunoda finished the 2021 season on a high by finishing 4th in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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It is refreshing to see a driver accepting his failures and mistakes so honestly while reviewing the season. But the Red Bull junior would look to build from his late-season form into next season and start strongly in 2022.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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