Honda-backed teen Tsunoda reached Q3 for the third time this season at Istanbul Park on Saturday, and began properly to take a seat eighth early on forward of Hamilton.
The AlphaTauri driver was in a position to hold Hamilton again for plenty of laps with some stable defending, stalling the Mercedes’ driver’s restoration from a grid penalty that meant he began eleventh.
However Hamilton was ultimately in a position to make a move on lap eight across the exterior of Flip 3, with Tsunoda then dropping out of the factors after spinning on lap 22.
Tsunoda defined that he “used an excessive amount of tyre early on” within the combat with Hamilton, however that he wished to do all the things he might to assist Honda-powered Verstappen’s title bid for Purple Bull earlier than the Japanese producer’s exit from F1 on the ned of the yr.
“I need Max to win within the final yr of Honda, and for Purple Bull as properly,” Tsunoda mentioned.
“So I attempted to carry Lewis up as a lot as attainable, for I do not know what number of laps. I used to be attempting to save lots of extra of my tyre.
“I attempted to carry him behind for 20 laps. Eight laps just isn’t sufficient.”
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12
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Hamilton would go on to complete the race fifth for Mercedes, which means Verstappen regained the championship lead by six factors with six races remaining.
Tsunoda crossed the road 14th ultimately, and lamented the spin after believing he had the tempo to attain factors.
He defined that the soiled spray – one thing additionally famous by Nikita Mazepin and Lando Norris – made him assume a automobile was shut behind, prompting him to push tougher.
“I could not see something due to dust and dirt,” Tsunoda mentioned.
“I simply could not see, I assumed there was a automobile proper behind me so I simply need to push, and I spun.
“The spin ruined my complete race so it is a disgrace. We had been in a position to rating factors at the moment so yeah, only a disgrace.”
Tsunoda additionally rued the misplaced factors as AlphaTauri pushed to catch Alpine for fifth place within the constructors’ championship, with the hole standing at 12 factors after Turkey.
“It was a possibility to get us huge factors in comparison with different groups,” he mentioned.