Yuki Tsunoda admits he wants to cause Lewis Hamilton as many problems as he can to help Max Verstappen in his quest to win his maiden F1 title this season. Tsunoda held off the Briton for eight laps of Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix.
Hamilton had started the race in 11th – two places behind Tsunoda – after being penalised for making a fourth engine change of the season before the race had begun.
He quickly tucked in behind Tsunoda but struggled to find a way past the Alpha Tauri driver in the early stages.
“I tried to keep Lewis behind me as long as possible,” admitted Tsunoda after the race.
“I actually wanted to keep him behind me for twenty laps. Eight laps is not enough.
“It’s the last year for Honda and I want Max [Verstappen] to win the title, for Honda and also for Red Bull.”
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Hamilton subsequently surrendered two places to finish the afternoon with 10 points.
Verstappen, meanwhile, took second place to leapfrog his bitter rival at the top of the Drivers’ Standings with six races of the season remaining.
The Dutch driver is now six points ahead of Hamilton as the F1 season continues to play out in exhilarating fashion.
Tsunoda eventually finished the Turkish Grand Prix in 14th place as he missed out on securing any points.
“I just used the tyres too much at the beginning in the duel with Hamilton,” Tsunoda continued.
“It was really difficult to keep the pace. You can basically forget about the mirror. I couldn’t see anything at all because it was full of dirt.
“I just couldn’t see anything. I thought I had a car behind me, so I wanted to turn. That ruined my race.
“We could have scored points today but in this way it’s a shame.”
Valtteri Bottas eventually won the race for Mercedes, with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez finishing third.
The result extends Mercedes’ lead at the top of the Constructors’ Championship to 36 points, with Red Bull still in second place.