Yuki Tsunoda has revealed he supports Max Verstappen in the monumental F1 title battle this season, backing him to triumph over Lewis Hamilton.

Tsunoda drives for Red Bull B-team AlphaTauri, and as such, his choice does make sense. At the Turkish GP, he did battle with Hamilton and gave him a good fight before being passed by the Mercedes driver on Lap 8.

Tsunoda revealed that he supports Verstappen in the title race, and said that he wants him to win it for Honda in their last year in F1.

When asked if he enjoyed his duel with Hamilton, the Japanese rookie told Racingnews365.com, “I don’t care much, to be honest.

Yuki Tsunoda's defence against Lewis Hamilton came at a price in Turkish GP
Tsunoda (right) valiantly held off Hamilton (left) for a while. Source: planetf1.com

“I want to Max to win. It’s the last year of Honda (with) Red Bull as well.

“I tried to hold Lewis as much as possible, I don’t know how many laps. I was trying to save more, but I couldn’t.”

Dissatisfied

Tsunoda also gave an overview of his race, and said that his tyre management and racecraft could have been better.

“I just used too much tyre early on battling with Hamilton,” Tsunoda explained. “After that, it was really hard to keep up the pace.

“I had a spin and tried to go faster. Also the mirrors, I couldn’t see anything because of, I think, dust. I just couldn’t see. I thought there was a car right behind me, so I had to push and spun.

“The spin ruined my whole race, so it’s a shame. It was possible to score points, so it’s just a shame,” he concluded.

Tsunoda had a decent weekend until Sunday. He managed to get into Q3 and looked quick on Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be for him.

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