Following his impressive Formula 1 debut in Bahrain, Yuki Tsunoda has explained how driving with veteran Fernando Alonso helped him improve his car’s performance during the race.
The 20-year-old driver also revealed that the Spaniard, who returned to F1 this season with Alpine, is his father’s idol because of his racing style.
“My father is quite a big Fernando fan, especially his driving style,” Tsunoda told Sky Sports.
“My father likes how he drives. I think the first time he saw him was in Suzuka and he said he was the best driver on the grid.
“I was, of course, aiming for Fernando and I drove with him a couple of laps and I learned from him how he managed the tyres, how he drives every corner.
“After I passed him, I tried to copy how he was driving and a couple of corners was better for my car as well.
“Hopefully I don’t have to drive next time with him because I want to be more forward to start, although Fernando‘s car situation is different.
“The things I learned from him were very big for the future.”