“I wouldn’t have been able to score points” without their great stop — Tsunoda credits RB F1 mechanics for P10 in Japanese GP

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After the Japanese Grand Prix, Yuki Tsunoda shared his feelings about scoring points in his home race, the overwhelming support he has experienced, and the significance of his achievement.

“Yeah, it’s been amazing,” Tsunoda began, reflecting on the joy of securing points after missing out in 2022 and 2023. He was quick to acknowledge his team’s role in this success. “A big credit to the team, you know, who did a fantastic job in the pit stop, that we were able to rejoin the track in front of Aston. And without that, I wouldn’t have been able to score points.”

When asked about the key manoeuvre that secured his 10th-place finish, Tsunoda highlighted the pit stop. “It was good,” he said, highlighting the strategic move that allowed him to maintain his position ahead of Aston Martin who pitted at the same time with Lance Stroll, as well as Valtteri Bottas and Logan Sargeant. “I was able to rejoin the track in front of Aston,” he said.

Discussing the growing support from fans each year, Tsunoda expressed gratitude and a sense of responsibility. “I feel more support every year, more and more,” he observed. He emphasised the importance of meeting expectations and his hope to compete more strongly against the top teams.

Reflecting on being the first Japanese driver to score points at Suzuka since 2012, Tsunoda recalled Kamui Kobayashi’s podium finish. “Yeah, I was watching and I remember he was overtaking outside of turn 11. So, yeah, I remember the amount of the crowds, how they were happy,” he shared, noting the memorable overtaking manoeuvre and the crowd’s reaction. “I think there’s still a lot more steps to achieve a podium for now, but I’m still happy with the P10.”

Yuki Tsunoda’s reflections on his performance at the Japanese Grand Prix highlight not only his growth within Formula 1 but also his appreciation for his team’s effort and the support of his fans.