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Exclusive: How lifestyle changes have helped Tsunoda up his game in 2022

In an exclusive interview with RacingNews365.com, Yuki Tsunoda opens up on the changes he has made to his lifestyle and routine that have helped him vault teammate Pierre Gasly in the championship standings.

Yuki Tsunoda says he has made several changes to his life androutine that have helped him improve his performances in his sophomore F1season. Despite scoring points on an encouraging debut Grand Prix inBahrain last year, Tsunoda also found the barriers a little more than he mighthave liked throughout 2021, and ended the season on 32 points - 78 points andfive places adrift of teammate Pierre Gasly. However, after seven rounds of the 2022 season, the tables haveturned somewhat, with Tsunoda now leading Gasly by 11 points to six, and theJapanese said that his upturn in form coincided with a move from England to Italythat helped him forge closer ties with his team. "It has helped me that I now live close to the AlphaTauri factory[in Faenza]," Tsunoda said in an exclusive interview with RacingNews365 .com . "Whethera race went well or not, I can visit the factory immediately after the race tofind out the reasons for it and then use that experience for the next race. "Wecan respond quickly to everything. For example, if I have problems with my seat,I can then be there within five minutes to do a seat fitting. "But I can also go to the gym or meet the staff naturally andspend time with them. "That way, you can feel the atmosphere and the emotions of thosepeople, and those things are definitely good for me. "Maybe there's one [bad] thing – if I'm training lazily, Franz[Tost, AlphaTauri Team Principal] is going to see!"

Tsunoda 'inspired by Bieber'

Tsunoda also said that he feels more relaxed and in control thisyear than in 2021, and revealed a somewhat surprising inspiration for his calmerstate of mind. "I've been watching Justin Bieber a lot on Netflixrecently. He's always been very relaxed with the media, so I think I've beeninspired a bit by him. "I’mmore in control. I just know how to control situations and which things Ireally need to focus on. "Last year, I didn't have a clue, I wasn't as relaxed as I amnow, and [now] I don't have to use any energy outside of racing, so that's why I’mfeeling more energetic during a race week, from the start of FP1 to the race."

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