Yuki Tsunoda goes into the Portuguese GP weekend off the back of a terrible weekend at Imola. The AlphaTauri driver had several off-track moments during the Emilia Romagna GP weekend, including a big crash in Q1 that saw him qualify right at the back.
Having had a great debut race in Bahrain, Tsunoda said he's reset his mentality for his weekend in Portugal and intends to have a calmer Grand Prix.
"So expectation for me, for this week, is lower than Imola," Tsunoda admitted to media, including RacingNews365.
"But just try to build up the pace from the previous one, lap by lap. And for qualifying, I have to change approach, especially from Imola.
"Just in Q1, there was my big problem. There was the pace to go through into Q2 easily for the car. So I will change approach to qualify. I will try to have more consistency in qualifying. That's my main target."
Tsunoda admitted that, having had such a good weekend first time out, he had given himself too high a target for his level of experience.
"[The] big learning thing was the mentality thing," Tsunoda went on. "I put a lot of pressure before the race week to score a lot of points. And that makes me a little bit rushy feeling."
"Imola was, for me, a big week for learning. I did two huge mistakes in the race week and, as a result was for me and for the team also, was a very bad race week.
"I expect more high positions and also there was a quite big chance to score points. So it was a real shame and I felt really sorry for the team but as a driver, for the learning, I learned a lot from Imola and then Bahrain and I take it very positive for the future.
"So it's quite mixed feeling but that also for me I need a clean race for the team and I think as a championship for the team standings. I think the performance is there so I just have to put all together in the future."