WATCH: Yuki Tsunoda Wiggles His Way into an F1 Crash at French GP Bringing Out Red Flag

Published 06/19/2021, 9:34 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda in action during practice REUTERS/Albert Gea


The high-intense qualifying session is here at the French Grand Prix. However, it has already seen the red flag as Yuki Tsunoda crashed his Alpha Tauri on Turn 1 of the circuit. This crash was second of the rookie this, season, the previous one being at the Azerbaijan GP. Tsunoda will be hoping to learn from his mistakes and aim to make fewer errors in his first season on the grid.

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The young Japanese driver was zipping around the track, trying to put in and get himself into the second round of qualifying. But Tsunoda hit the kerb while entering into Turn 1 and lost control. His car took 180 and went straight into the barrier.

The AlphaTauri sustained some damage, but it also hurt his teammate, Pierre Gasly who was trying to set in a lap at Paul Ricard. But the red flag saw him enter the pitlane.

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Yuki Tsunoda causes a reg flag in the first session of qualifying at the French GP

The rookie F1 driver was trying to get set in the first laps of the session at Paul Ricard. However, Tsunoda misjudged turn one of the track, which resulted in him spinning and hitting the barrier, which in turn brought out the red flag.

It seemed like the car could be recovered by Yuki himself, but after failing to bring into the first gear. The 21-year-old driver jumped and let marshalls bring the car back to the AlphaTauri garage.

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Can Tsunoda recover his weekend on Sunday?

The Japanese rookie did have a tough time in France this weekend, as he didn’t have the pace during the practice sessions on Friday as well as the final on Saturday.

In FP1, Tsunoda managed to be tenth on the timesheet, while in FP2 he fell down to thirteenth, and the last day, he came a disappointing seventeenth. Now with a jeopardized quali session, Yuki will certainly look to Sunday’s race to redeem himself.

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

With the way things look, the rookie driver will be starting from dead-last on the grid. Can Yuki make up for the places on the main day? Well, we will just have to wait and find out.

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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.

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