Yuki Tsunoda Explains Impulse to “Press the Radio and Swear” in F1

Published 05/14/2021, 11:01 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 29, 2021 Alpha Tauri’s Yuki Tsunoda attends a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys


At the tender age of 21, Yuki Tsunoda is among the youngest drivers on the grid today. After finishing 3rd in the Formula 2 championship last year, AlphaTauri gave him the step up to Formula 1.

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While the Japanese upstart has shown flashes of brilliance this season, his language on the team radio has drawn more attention.

Tsunoda’s radio chatter this season has often been filled with swear words. While the Japanese tries not to do so, he talks about an impulse that takes over in frustrating situations.

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Yuki Tsunoda talks about the reality after stepping into the cockpit

Tsunoda, who turned 21 on Tuesday, is a driver who finds himself in frustrating situations at times. The Japanese driver points out what happens to him after he gets in the car.

Tsunoda said“Always when I go into the cockpit, I try to always not swear.But as soon as I put on the helmet and get out in [the car], I just forget everything.

“So when I get out in the car I don’t know why I press the radio and swear, because I don’t have to press the radio and swear.”

While we often hear swear words from drivers, Tsunoda stands out because of his excessive use of them. However, he admits it is one of his weaknesses at the moment.

“That is one of my weak points, but also it’s a good thing to race and have passion,” he said.(h:t– WTF1)

Tsunoda’s teammate Gasly believes he will “learn and improve”

Tsunoda’s teammate, Pierre Gasly, knows a thing or two about frustrating situations. After getting promoted to Red Bull for the 2019 season, he was swapped mid-season for Alex Albon.

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Although the demotion affected him mentally, he has been in good touch since returning to AlphaTauri.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Gasly knows how to turn a frustrating situation around and believes his rookie teammate will learn as the season progresses. The Frenchman said, “I think it’s a bit of emotional control. But he’s also young and I believe he will learn and improve on this side of things.”

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With the Monaco Grand Prix up next, Tsunoda will be part of the midfield battle along with the experienced Gasly. Can the 21-year-old regain his quickness in the Principality?

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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