AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda admitted his afternoons were spent gambling and snacking on UberEats orders in early 2021.

Tsunodawho is now entering his second year on the F1 grid, did not think there would be much leap in terms of fitness from Formula 2 to F1.

He often lacked motivation to work out, claiming that he doesn’t like the gym and has no passion for it either.

So, in a bid to get his racing career back on track, team principal Franz Tost arranged for the youngster to move to Italy, where he would improve his training game.

Before that, all of his training had been done in the morning, leaving the afternoons free for his favorite pastimes outside of driving – food and games.

“I mean, as you can imagine, I was pushed! Franz told me I had to move to Italy, and that was already a boost,” he said. the race.

“He knew in the first half of the season I was in the UK training in the mornings but in the afternoons I had nothing to do so I ordered UberEats all at once. hand and I was playing all day, pretty much every day.

“Already moving to Italy, you can imagine how much he pushed me in the gym and he was always trying to control me from where he could see how I’m doing and how much training I’m doing.”

Over the winter months, he said routine and training had been the main focus to put himself in a better position this year.

Circuits with more physical exertion meant the 20-year-old was not at his best as a driver due to his fitness – or lack thereof.

Admitting he realized he was wrong and needed to up his game, he said: “He [Franz Tost] I was pushing a lot especially for training, but I don’t feel anything bad for Franz.

“Because in fact, Franz trains a lot. We are competitive and he wakes up at 4:30 or 5 a.m. and runs 10 km every morning, even in winter conditions.

“I can’t complain about anything. He’s an athlete. At least I have to train more than him because he’s already 60 or whatever, and I’m still 20!

“It motivates me. And that’s why I respect him.

The 2022 Formula 1 season kicks off with the Bahrain Grand Prix from March 18-20, where the Japanese driver will be put to the test.