Crimson Bull and Honda protege Tsunoda was promoted to AlphaTauri at the expense of Daniil Kvyat after a sole season in Components 2 and instantly impressed by scoring factors on his F1 debut in Bahrain.
Tsunoda solely began 13th on the grid after struggling to place a superb lap collectively in Q2, however then produced a combative show which noticed him duel with two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso earlier than nicking ninth place from Lance Stroll on the ultimate lap of the race.
Brawn, F1’s managing director for motorsport, believes selling Tsunoda was an impressed resolution by Crimson Bull and referred to as the 20-year-old the perfect rookie Components 1 has seen in years.
“I am actually impressed with Yuki Tsunoda. I met him on the weekend for the primary time and he is a very spectacular character,” Brawn wrote in his Bahrain Grand Prix debrief.
“He’s fairly amusing and his language within the automobile could be a bit fruity. He confirmed some good spells within the race, which is encouraging contemplating it was his first F1 race.
“He’s the perfect rookie F1 has had for years, having been pretty beautiful in no matter sequence he has competed in. His promotion by Crimson Bull appears to be like like an excellent transfer.”
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02
Picture by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images
Brawn hopes Tsunoda, who continues the custom of thrilling Japanese F1 drivers like Takuma Sato and Kamui Kobayashi, can present a lift for the returning Japanese Grand Prix.
“We are able to all keep in mind the fantastic days of full grandstands at Suzuka and the fervour of the Japanese followers,” mentioned Brawn. “I feel we’re going to have that once more, which is extremely thrilling.”
Brawn added he left Bahrain “feeling optimistic” about how the 2021 season will unfold after witnessing a tense battle for the win between Mercedes world champion Lewis Hamilton and Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen.
“The rule adjustments over the winter seem to have closed the sphere up,” the previous technical director and group boss defined.
“With groups set to focus pretty quickly on subsequent yr’s automobile, it could be that no person pulls away to any diploma and we now have an epic season in entrance of us.”