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Yuki Tsunoda

Tsunoda apologises to AlphaTauri: I screwed up

Yuki Tsunoda has taken the blame and apologised to his AlphaTauri team for a crash in Canada that ended his race.

Tsunoda crash Canada
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Yuki Tsunoda has held his hands up and apologised to his AlphaTauri team after he suffered a clumsy crash that put him out of the Canadian Grand Prix.

The 22-year-old was pleased with his pace in Montreal until, late on in the race, he lost control of his AT03 as he re-joined the track following a pit stop.

It is thought that the Japanese driver struck a bump while pushing "too hard" to return to the track ahead of his rivals, a bump spotted and commented on by others during practice.

"I screwed up," he said to the media, including RacingNews365.com, as he criticised his mistake.

“I’ve already been to apologise to all the team. I just pushed too much on pit exit and, unfortunately, I went into the wall."

Tsunoda added: "The pace was good today, and we’d made a strong recovery up until that point, even if it was hard to overtake, so I’m disappointed with that ending.”

AlphaTauri will analyse Montreal result

The crash was the defining act of a poor weekend for AlphaTauri, who failed to score points for only the third time this season.

Pierre Gasly, who finished fifth in Azerbaijan, was only able to climb as high as 14th on race day as both he and Tsunoda left empty-handed.

Gasly said: "We were struggling a lot with grip, sliding around a lot in these conditions, and we just didn’t have the pace to fight inside the top 10."

Meanwhile, both Alpine and Alfa Romeo romped to double points finishes, extending their advantage over seventh-placed AlphaTauri.

"We will have to analyse everything, but objectively we were just too slow in the race. Likewise, we didn’t get lucky with the Virtual Safety Car, but at the end of the day, it wouldn’t have changed our end result that much," he continued.

"We need to use the gap now to work out what we could’ve done better, so we can arrive in Silverstone as best prepared as possible.”

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