Yuki Tsunoda has admitted to being “nervous” concerning the dash qualifying format in his rookie yr.
The Japanese driver joined Method 1 in the identical season the qualifying shake-up befell and appeared to battle within the format, ending no larger than fifteenth in any of the three dash occasions.
The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix this weekend is the primary dash occasion of the 2022 season and Tsunoda says he feels extra assured this time round.
“This shall be an attention-grabbing weekend at what’s a house observe for us and we may also have the dash format for the primary time this season,” mentioned the 21-year-old.
“Final yr, I used to be nervous about dash qualifying with solely having one apply session earlier than qualifying, however this season I really feel way more assured.
“Additionally as a result of Imola is a observe I do know properly as I’ve pushed numerous laps there. Additionally, I now know how one can strategy the dash weekends and hopefully it’ll finish in factors for us.”
Tsunoda is thirteenth within the Drivers’ standings having earned solely 4 factors within the opening three races. He completed fifteenth final day trip in Australia however mentioned he was proud of how he had progressed over the week.
“I loved visiting Australia, the environment was very good with its location close to the ocean, however on observe it was a tricky weekend and we struggled greater than anticipated, notably on the lengthy runs,” he mentioned.
“From my facet, I used to be fairly proud of how I progressed over the week, given it was a brand new observe for me. Proper from FP1 I felt assured, however within the race me and the workforce struggled lots.
“We already knew the areas we would have liked to enhance so we have now been working exhausting to be higher in time for Imola.”
Different groups have famous the potential harm the aggressive kerbs may do to the decrease 2022 automobiles and Tsunoda mentioned he anticipated the best way drivers journey the kerbs to be completely different this yr.
“The observe is barely narrower than earlier ones we have now raced on this yr and it will likely be attention-grabbing to see what these new automobiles are prefer to drive there,” he mentioned.
“I’d think about the best way you possibly can journey the kerbs shall be completely different this yr and we’ll see how the automobile behaves in FP1 after which adapt rapidly for qualifying. I feel I’m properly ready with the driving I’ve executed there previously and the simulator session I did final week.
“I’ve been residing in Italy for some time now, so this may positively really feel like a house race – particularly as I can keep in my very own home each night time, which is near the observe and nicer than being in a resort.
“It is going to be a bit unusual however I feel it will likely be a extra snug association, permitting me to focus on the race.”