The Japanese teen marked himself out as a future star with an ideal exhibiting eventually weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
He set the second quickest time in Q1 and completed the race in ninth place, having pulled off an ideal overtaking transfer on Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll on the ultimate lap.
Tsunoda’s tempo and the hype surrounding him has already prompted ideas he might be within the body to step as much as the primary Pink Bull group from 2022.
Nevertheless, Pink Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has urged warning about such speak, regardless of clearly believing that Tsunoda has a shiny future.
Marko stays properly conscious of the truth that Daniil Kvyat, Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon have all failed to succeed in their full potential at Pink Bull after being promoted and there’s a sense to not rush issues this time.
In an unique interview with Autosport’s German language sister web site Formel1.de, Marko praised the influence that Tsunoda had made however stated Pink Bull was able to be affected person.
“The way in which he goes about it, the best way he makes the automobile fly [is fantastic],” Marko stated about Tsunoda. “He is additionally a charismatic, humorous man. We’re very joyful to have him.”
Requested in regards to the prospect of a 2022 drive at Pink Bull, he replied: “We’ve had the primary of 23 races, so let’s have a look at how issues develop.
“We now have an unbelievable tough diamond in Yuki. We’re not going to burn him. We’ll have a look at the event after which make our selections in a well timed method.”
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02 and Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21
Photograph by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images
A transfer to Pink Bull for Tsunoda can be unhealthy information for Sergio Perez, who’s presently on a one-year deal to drive for Pink Bull this season.
The Mexican had a combined weekend in Bahrain, after getting dumped out of qualifying in Q2 earlier than recovering properly within the race to take fifth place.
Marko stated that when it comes to race tempo there have been no issues about Perez, however the important thing for him now was placing a lap collectively in qualifying.
“The race velocity is on the identical degree as Verstappen,” stated Marko. “When he was in free air, he set the identical instances, so, thus far, so good. Sadly, it wasn’t like that in qualifying.
“The constructive factor was that he misplaced most of his time in a single flip, Flip 1. Already throughout testing, in sector three, he was quicker than Max on common. The one problem is: it’s important to get the lap collectively.
“However we’re satisfied that he’ll get a lot nearer to Max in qualifying as properly.”