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Yuki Tsunoda

Tsunoda vows to improve self-control to avoid ‘issues’

Yuki Tsunoda was involved in a post-race near-miss with teammate Daniel Ricciardo in Bahrain last weekend after being unhappy over the enforcement of team orders

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Yuki Tsunoda has vowed to improve his self-control to avoid encountering "issues" in the future.

The Japanese has had a series of radio outbursts during his F1 career with the latest incident occurring at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

The RB driver took issue with the team instructing him to let teammate Daniel Ricciardo by for position amid a fight for 12th place.

After questioning the order, Tsunoda moved aside to let Ricciardo pass - however, his frustrations were evident after the chequered flag when he overtook the Australian at turn eight before narrowly avoiding contact as they accelerated towards Turn 9.

When asked by RacingNews365 why the reigning World Champions would seek to sign a drive that has a history of emotional outbursts, Tsunoda recognised that he must strive to improve his on-track conduct.

“It’s a thing I have to improve, for sure,” Tsunoda said.

“If I do those things again, there will be more issues.

“These are things I have to improve, I’m working on it. It needs more than two steps, not just one step of something. I have confidence I can prove that, [then] it’s up to them [Red Bull] if they want me or not.

“But I’m mainly focused on self-control. Other than that I have pretty good confidence that I’m achieving most of it, and I’ll keep improving.”

RB 'unified' after Bahrain setback

Ricciardo stated on the eve of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend that he had talked with Tsunoda and asserted the air had been cleared between the pair.

Following the rocky start to the year, Tsunoda declared that there are no overhanging concerns from the Bahrain event.

“We talked about it after the race, the whole team,” added Tsunoda.

“We’re still unified, we’re on the same page now.

“We understand each other. That’s it, really. I understand what they were saying. It wasn’t an easy race in the end.”

When asked if he would comply with team orders if they were asked going forward, Tsunoda replied: “Yeah, 100 per cent.”

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