For the primary 10 rounds of the season, consideration at AlphaTauri was biased in the direction of full-time rookie Nyck de Vries and his struggles to step as much as F1 as he drew criticism from Crimson Bull bosses Christian Horner and Helmut Marko.
The FIA System 2 and System E champion was sacked after Silverstone to get replaced by eight-time grand prix winner Ricciardo. The Australian generated such media curiosity upon his Hungary return that he reckoned it felt like “I had just won a world championship”.
Tsunoda stated it was subsequently “difficult” when requested by Autosport if he felt as if he had flown underneath the radar.
Nevertheless, he added that the expertise of battling with Ricciardo meant he was studying rather a lot – even when the ex-McLaren, Renault and Crimson Bull driver’s return had heightened the stress to result in a few errors.
He stated: “It is difficult. However on the similar time, I do know that this present state of affairs is totally new for me.
“I am studying rather a lot, particularly getting challenged by an skilled driver. And never solely is he an skilled driver, he’s a high driver and we all know that he is quick.”
Tsunoda reckoned Ricciardo’s behaviour within the group was virtually “the other as me” however he was able to sq. as much as him within the second half of the marketing campaign.
“I already know he’s quick but in addition how he is behaving within the group is like most likely the other as me,” stated Tsunoda. “So, a lot of issues to be taught, rather a lot from him.
Daniel Ricciardo, Scuderia AlphaTauri, with Yuki Tsunoda, Scuderia AlphaTauri
Photograph by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images
“It is also a little bit of stress for myself and doubtless that made me rush and a few errors within the final couple of races.
“However I used to be capable of put all of it collectively within the final race [Spa, 10th place]. It was not straightforward. However simply glad and feeling prepared for a struggle with him within the second half of the season.”
Evaluating his begin of the marketing campaign, Tsunoda reckoned he had taken a step ahead with consistency as he categorised tenth or eleventh in every of the primary 5 rounds.
However shedding factors within the Spanish GP, with ninth place denied courtesy of a penalty for forcing Zhou Guanyu off-track, disrupted his “rhythm”.
The Japanese defined: “Consistency was key, and particularly final 12 months, so I used to be capable of enhance. Within the first races, I used to be glad; I knew why.
“I used to be barely [in] a little bit of consolation zone, and I had sort of rhythm. After Barcelona, there was two races that I misplaced the factors in an unlucky approach.
“Since then, I began to lose the rhythm. I recognise the quantity I’ve to enhance nonetheless.
“[Spa was] again to the identical form, or related form, I had to start with of season. So actually glad and simply maintain bettering.”