AlphaTauris Yuki Tsunoda said there was no excuse for his mistake which saw him crash out of the Singapore Grand Prix.
Tsunodas race ended on lap 36 when he went into the barrier at the end of Turn 10, immersing himself in the Tecpro wall. The Japanese racer was not the only driver to struggle with the treacherous conditions with just 14 cars reaching the finishing line.
The heavy rain pre-race, which caused an hours delay to the nights proceedings, meant the majority of the race was spent on intermediate tyres, but even then finding grip was difficult.
Tsunoda found that out when he locked up and skidded across the greasy surface into the barrier and out of the race, the 22-year-old forced to watch on as his car was rescued from the track.
Afterwards, Tsunoda made no excuses for the error and said it was completely my fault.
I wasnt running in the points anyway, he told F1.com. It just was difficult conditions. I just did a mistake by myself, just completely missed the braking point.
Completely my fault and no excuses.
I must say Im very disappointed because we were doing an excellent race, he said. I was behind Lando [Norris] and ahead of the two Aston Martins.
I dont understand why we boxed so early, we didnt have to, and we just took a massive risk and lost position, being overcut by the cars on the track.
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[In] Singapore we know how important track position is and today it cost us a lot, so I dont fully understand why. Well have to review but for sure we left a lot of points on the table.
It hurts because we have a target until the end of the year and today, I dont think we did a good job.
Gasly clarified that target was P7 in the Constructors, a spot currently occupied by Aston Martin who are now three points ahead of AlphaTauri.
We are fighting these two guys [Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll], Gasly said. We had the potential to finish ahead of them and we just gave them a lot of points today.
We still have five other races but clearly there was an opportunity and we didnt grab it.