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Yuki Tsunoda Powers to 11th Place at Bahrain Grand Prix

In the first race of the 2023 Formula One campaign, 22-year-old AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda, who started 14th on the grid, just missed out on points.



Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda races in the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, on March 5. (KYODO)

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Japanese Formula One driver Yuki Tsunoda finished a respectable 11th on Sunday, March 5 in the Bahrain Grand Prix, barely missing out on points in the first race of the season.

Starting from 14th on the grid, AlphaTauri driver Tsunoda moved up three places with a solid race and would have received a point had he overtaken Williams Mercedes driver Alexander Albon, who finished 10th.

"The race pace was better than we expected," Tsunoda said. "But at the same time, it's very frustrating to just miss out on points."

The highlight of the race for Tsunoda was when he made a stunning double pass on Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou and teammate Nyck de Vries to move into 11th place with 15 laps remaining.

Two-time defending champion Max Verstappen cruised to victory over Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez. Meanwhile, Aston Martin's Fernando Alonso finished third at Bahrain International Circuit.

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Author: Jim Armstrong

The author is a longtime journalist who has covered sports in Japan for over 25 years. You can find his articles on SportsLook.