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Yuki Tsunoda

Tsunoda: I still feel a lot of regret over Barcelona

Yuki Tsunoda recently spoke of mentally resetting after his difficult weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix but the rookie admits that his behaviour has still been bothering him.

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Yuki Tsunoda has admitted that he is still feeling regrets about his actions at the Spanish Grand Prix, despite vowing to mentally reset for Monaco.

The Japanese driver was eliminated in Q1 at Barcelona and went on to make comments suggesting that he was not receiving the same equipment as teammate Pierre Gasly. Tsunoda later apologised for the remarks, but unfortunately his race day didn't improve and he became the only retirement from the Grand Prix due to a technical issue.

Whilst Tsunoda is trying to put that weekend behind him, he is still thinking about how much he doesn't want to repeat his actions.

"In Barcelona I had a really difficult race week," the AlphaTauri driver told RacingNews365.com and other select media. "I don't want to do it again, like that kind of race week in the future, so I just have to reset.

"But still, especially in qualifying and [on] the radio], I feel really a lot of regret, a lot in my mind, even now. I shouldn't [have said] that [in Barcelona].

"I just don't want to do it again and I have to reset from there."

Tsunoda has not previously raced at Monte Carlo but is already looking forward to the challenge.

"It's a traditional track and one of my favourite tracks," the rookie said. "I've never driven it.

"There's only space to enjoy it and you can expect anything."

With his lack of experience at the venue, Tsunoda admits that his approach to the race in Monaco differs slightly.

"You don't want to go immediately pushing hard and go to the wall, so I think building up the pace is the most important thing.

"The main target for me is to have clean sessions. And also we have a bit of a break between Thursday and Saturday, which is a bit of an unusual thing, so hopefully I can adapt to that as well."

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