Yuki Tsunoda remains unhappy with the 10-second penalty he was given in Brazil for a collision with Lance Stroll.Daniel Ricciardo went unpunished for a first-lap collision with Valtteri Bottas in the Mexico City Grand Prix, and believes the same should have applied to him.
“I’m thinking that was not fully my fault,” said Tsunoda. “For me, 10 seconds is really, I think, way too harsh.
“I mean, five seconds is still, for me, quite harsh compared to the one I saw in the first lap in Mexico in turn one, the collision with Bottas, they didn’t get any penalty. I got a 10 second penalty.”
Ricciardo was not penalised for hitting Bottas after the stewards ruled he had his car under control, after locking a wheel, when the pair made contact at the apex of the corner. Tsunoda said he re-watched his collision with Stroll “a lot of times” and believes the two incidents were similar.
“I didn’t have a lock-up. I was staying on the inside kerb a lot all the way and just there was not any space. Clearly I saw that there was not any space, I can’t go more than that and somehow he just closed the door like normal line. Just like he drive normal and we have a collision and I had quite a lot of damage after that. For me still I’m thinking that was not fully my fault.”
Stroll, who retired with damage later in the race, said the incident “was a shame” but wasn’t convinced he would have been able to score points.
“We were in a position to have a good fight in the race. I think it would have been maybe challenging to score points but I was, from a difficult Friday, recovering a little bit in the sprint race and we were recovering a little bit more on Sunday.
“It was a shame that it had to end our race like that. But it’s done now and focussed on the last few races of the season.”
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