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Yuki Tsunoda

Tsunoda exclusive: As soon as I regain my confidence I will try to match Gasly

In an exclusive interview with RacingNews365.com, the AlphaTauri driver admits he currently does not have the confidence to match teammate Pierre Gasly.

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Yuki Tsunoda believes he needs to regain his confidence before trying to match the pace of AlphaTauri teammate Pierre Gasly.

Tsunoda impressed at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix but a series of mistakes saw him quickly lose momentum and he has been second-best to Gasly throughout the 2021 Formula 1 season so far.

"At Spa, I will try to make a good baseline and just drive as much as possible," Tsunoda told RacingNews365.com.

"As soon as I get confidence or regain the confidence, I will try to match him [Gasly] or have more consistency to beat him. But right now, I don't think too much and I just [need to] focus on myself."

Tsunoda has revealed he only heard about Spa-Francorchamps, where the F1 season has resumed this weekend, two years ago when he was in Formula 3. Like most drivers, it's a circuit which he enjoys.

"I was in Formula 3 and that was the first time and I got second in the Sprint Race," said Tsunoda. "That was the first time I got a podium in F3.

"I like this track. It's really iconic, Eau Rouge especially. Most of the corners are high speed and it's a really challenging track."

Spa-Francorchamps has seen some major accidents in recent years including the fatal crash of Anthoine Hubert in Formula 2 in 2019.

Hubert lost his life at Raidillon, the same corner where there was a major accident at the Spa 24 Hours earlier this year and during W Series qualifying on Friday. Tsunoda thinks changes should be made to improve the safety of the track at Eau Rouge and Raidillon.

"They don't have to change the corners or the layout, they maybe have to change the gravel a little bit," explained Tsunoda. "Gravel next to Eau Rouge and Raidillon can be improved to avoid like a side crash.

"It's racing and you can't expect anything. Racing is really good, but at the same time there's always that risk with this [type of] crash. We always accept that, but still I think Spa needs a little bit of improvement."

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