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Tsunoda hails 'crazy' RB progress after career best start

Yuki Tsunoda has enjoyed his strongest Formula 1 career start in 2024 as he heaps praise on the RB team for the gains it has made of late.

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Yuki Tsunoda has praised the RB Formula 1 team for the progress it has made of late after his run to seventh at the Miami Grand Prix.

It marked the second time this year that Tsunoda breached the top seven, having also enjoyed a strong race in Australia.

With 14 championship points to his name after the opening six rounds, it marks the strongest start to a campaign for the Japanese driver during his F1 career that commenced in 2021.

Tsunoda's run to seventh during the grand prix around the Miami International Autodrome followed his solitary point from the sprint race on Saturday - a race in which team-mate Daniel Ricciardo bagged fourth.

“The amount of points we got this week was a lot for us,” Tsunoda told media including RacingNews365.

“It shows how much the people who work in the background [at the] factory, the amount that they're pushing.

“It’s incredible and we’re happy that we're able to score the points that we deserve.”

Miami upgrades

RB arrived in Miami with upgrades to the floor and diffuser of the car, which Tsunoda labelled as a significant boost to the team's form last weekend.

“We got a bit of upgrades this week and I think that helped a lot,” Tsunoda admitted.

“I mean straight away from FP1 I felt comfortable and [on Saturday] Daniel was P4.

“Over a long stint, we got a P7 and were even faster than one of the Mercedes.

“So [we] never achieved [something] like this [at] the first races, the amount of progress we’re having is crazy.”

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