After his impressive performance on his Bahrain debut three weeks ago, Tsunoda arrived at Imola with hopes of fighting for a second streak of points and a first appearance in Q3.
But the Japanese driver lost the rear of his AT02 car as he exited the Variante Alta chicane, causing him to spin against the wall.
He left his car with significant damage and brought out a red flag, as well as resigning Tsunoda in last place on the grid for tomorrow’s race without setting a qualifying time.
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02 after his crashes
Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images
“I was pushing too much at the entrance, to be honest,” Tsunoda explained.
“So far the tour was actually great. I think potentially it was easy to go through Q1 with just one tire.
“I was too excited. For me that was a stupid mistake, so I’m so sorry for the team. You have to reset today and drive the race tomorrow. “
Tsunoda was able to walk away from the crash despite a heavy blow, and said he felt no pain, but was “more worried about the car than I was.”
“It looked pretty bad actually, what I saw from the back [of the car]Tsunoda said.
“I really hope the car will be properly repaired tomorrow. Just feel sorry for the team today. “
Tsunoda grabbed attention in Bahrain with a number of aggressive passes, including passes on Fernando Alonso and a last-round lunge on Lance Stroll to take ninth place.
Although overtaking is likely to be more difficult around Imola’s tight track, Tsunoda was optimistic about his chances of getting back in order during the race, believing that the rain could be due to shake things up.
“Tomorrow there might be different conditions, some rain, to try and help me out a bit,” Tsunoda said.
“So really put it together and don’t make mistakes like you do today. I think it will be a little different.
“The conditions are going to be different, so I just have to adapt to tomorrow’s conditions and push through.”