AlphaTauri Boss Explains How Much Time Tsunoda Needs to Understand ‘Complicated’ F1

Published 07/12/2021, 11:44 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda arrives at the circuit ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Yuki Tsunoda surprised many when he made his debut in F1. While he started the season on a high and still shows impressive pace sometimes, he has not been consistent in his performance. This is his rookie season in the sport, and his team boss Franz Tost believes the AlphaTauri driver needs time to develop as an F1 driver.

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Tsunoda has claimed nine points in nine races while his teammate Pierre Gasly is way ahead with 39 points under his belt. And even though the Japanese driver has crashed his AlphaTauri too many times this season, Tost is confident that Yuki will learn from his mistakes and cut down on the errors.

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Tsunoda needs more time to develop as a driver: Franz Tost

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Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 25, 2021, AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly in action during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

F1 has understandably become a more complicated sport over the years, and thus, the AlphaTauri team boss believes that drivers like Tsunoda need more time in the sport to develop as drivers.

Yuki is improving really well and the complete process is absolutely in the right direction,” said Tost.

“You can’t expect that a rookie knows everything from the very beginning onwards. That’s why I always say a young driver needs three years to understand this complicated Formula 1 because Formula 1 has become much more complicated than it was years before.

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I am very happy with Yuki: AlphaTauri team boss

Franz Tost has stated that he is satisfied with the performances and the development that Yuki is showing. He also claimed that we can expect strong performances from the Japanese rookie in the second half of the season.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

” I am very happy with Yuki. He shows fantastic natural speed and he is improving day by day, session by session. I am quite optimistic that we will see a very good second half of the season and that Yuki will also be successful in the future.”

Can Tsunoda match Gasly’s pace and put in the performances he did at the start of the season? Comment below to let us know.

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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