Purple Bull and Honda protege Tsunoda was promoted to AlphaTauri at the expense of Daniil Kvyat after a sole season in Formulation 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 determination by Purple Bull and known as the 20-year-old the perfect rookie Formulation 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 generally is a bit fruity. He confirmed some sensible 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 gorgeous in no matter sequence he has competed in. His promotion by Purple Bull appears like a superb transfer.”
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02
Photograph 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 bear in mind the wonderful days of full grandstands at Suzuka and the fervour of the Japanese followers,” mentioned Brawn. “I believe 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 Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen.
“The rule adjustments over the winter seem to have closed the sector up,” the previous technical director and staff boss defined.
“With groups set to focus pretty quickly on subsequent 12 months’s automobile, it could be that no one pulls away to any diploma and we’ve got an epic season in entrance of us.”