We now have not often seen Franz Tost so laudatory. The director of Scuderia AlphaTauri is clearly captivated by his new pilot, Yuki Tsunoda. If he solely received “ninth place” for his Formulation 1 debut, the Japanese impressed along with his potential by setting the second quickest time in Q1 after which climbing from 16th to ninth place after a cautious begin to the race. .
Tsunoda is, nonetheless, the least skilled rookie since a sure Max Verstappen, who solely spent one season at F3 degree and one at F2 degree – his solely two campaigns in Europe earlier than becoming a member of the elite. And in FIA F3, ninth place within the championship with the modest Jenzer workforce already mentioned loads about his expertise, given the circumstances.
“Yuki is a unprecedented expertise”, says Franz Tost within the AvD Motor & Sport Magazin of the Sport1 channel. “You must salute his driving abilities on the highest degree. He’s very decided, he’s centered, he has the mandatory self-confidence. He’s very sturdy mentally. He has confirmed that previously.”
“You must keep in mind that he got here from Japan to Europe solely two years in the past and instantly raced in Formulation three and achieved excellent outcomes, he even gained races. [une seule, ndlr]. It is a utterly completely different tradition. To show your self [en Europe] on new circuits, with a brand new workforce, with individuals you do not know, you must be very sturdy in your thoughts. He repeatedly proves that he’s. “
“He was one of the best rookie of the yr [en F2], he completed third, he gained races. What impressed me, for instance: in Austria, it was raining laborious. He was main the race. He did not win it, nevertheless it was solely due to a radio downside that he returned to the pits too late. He then completed second. However the best way he did it was first price. “
For his first Grand Prix, in Bahrain, Tsunoda notably distinguished himself by making seven passes, together with an intrepid one on Lance Stroll on the final lap, intrepid as a result of he was a number of tens of meters behind earlier than the braking zone of the primary nook.
“His nice energy is that he is aware of methods to choose pace very properly, particularly in quick corners”, Tost evaluation. “He has an unimaginable really feel with the automotive coming into a nook to the purpose of a chord. He is extremely sturdy on the brakes. And he is a thumping. I actually, actually preferred a few of his overtaking. [à Bahreïn]. He began off prefer it was his final race. He confirmed the others: ‘You can’t play with me, as a result of I’ll simply go you!’. I like this. This self-confidence is essential. I feel Yuki Tsunoda might be very profitable in Formulation 1 and provides us many different nice races. “
So Tost makes a daring prediction about the way forward for Tsunoda’s profession: “He’ll develop into World Champion, for certain. What’s essential with Yuki is that the training curve grows. Whenever you say one thing to him, it does not come out by means of one ear after you are available by means of. the opposite one stays in his mind. He actually desires to study. And he places it into apply instantly. It is actually decisive. I hope he’ll proceed to enhance like this. Then he’ll win the world title. sometime. I am certain of it. “
With Christian Nimmervoll