"My dad was doing the Gymkhana (car) competition, just racing against the clock. He knows about racing and loves it. When I was a 4 years old, I went to Nakai circuit with my family and we watched from the highway. At that circuit I tried karting for the first time."
"Honestly, I didn't remember what I said at the time, but my dad says, 'you told me this is amazing'. I knew then that this was what I wanted to do. This experience was the start of my racing."
"He came to every race and practice to teach me how to drive, how to race, etc.. "
"So I became faster and faster. If my dad was not in my career, I wouldn't be where I am today.
"Now he has retired from being a mechanic, and he supports me with my family."
To that end he has set himself very clear goals:
Short Term (This year)
Gold: FIAF3 (12wins) & FEM Champion
Silver: FIAF3 (top3) & FEM (top3)
Bronze: FIAF3 (top5) & FEM (top3)
1. Master tyres + master car
2. Improve car feedback
3. Improve fitness + good life balance (stress free)
Medium Term (3-5 years)
Gold: F1 ranking (top 5)
Bronze: F2 Champion or top 3
Long Term (10 years) "The Ultimate Dream"
Gold: F1 World Champion (2 times)
Silver: F1 World Champion
Bronze: F1 Top 3 to 5
Already he has had great success and Yuki picks the 2018 FIA-F4 Japanese Championship Race 13 at Motegi as his best race. "This was the second to last race and it had a big effect on the championship, lots of pressure. I had the opportunity to become champion 3 rounds before, but I made a lot of mistakes during those 3 races."
"When I went into Race 13 there were only 14 points left. I didn't have a good qualifying. The 2nd driver in the championship battle was on pole position for the race and I was in 4th."
"To be the champion, I needed to finish 2nd for the last race. I was disappointed about qualifying and as a result there was a lot of pressure. But when the race started I was able to focus completely on my race and I won it. This was my best race ever."
"My favourite circuits are Suzuka and Hungaroring because they have many kind of fast corners and I love fast corners. For example, I like sector1, turn8, and turn14/15 for Suzuka. As for the Hungaroring, I like turn3,5,6,9,12, and 13."
There is not a lot of free time in his life but when he snatches some he likes snowboarding, video games and cycling. His favourite food is Motsunabe and he likes listening to J-pop. "Mainly I get satisfaction from racing and winning."