Yuki Tsunoda enjoyed a sensational debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix leading to the Japanese been hailed as “best F1 rookie in years”. He revealed that the highlight of his race was the overtake of idol Fernando Alonso. Tsunoda burst onto the scene by flirting with the top of the timesheets in qualifying in his Alfa Tauri. He went on to earn solid points after starting from 13th on the grid.
“Overtaking a lot of cars was a really positive thing,” Tsunoda said. “I got a bit emotional when I passed Fernando (Alonso). The last time I saw him I think it was 12 years ago, or 13 years ago and I was seven or eight years old. Into Turn One, I just trusted Fernando’s skills and just launched it like a rookie! I feel a bit sorry, actually it was really from quite far away! So that was emotional. Of course, it’s not the same car, but it was great.”
Alonso has returned to Formula 1 this year after a two-year absence. Tsunoda revealed that his dad was a huge Fernando Alonso fan. He explained how his dad saw him first at Suzuka and felt he was the best driver on the grid. He further explained that he learnt a lot from his two-lap battle with Alonso.