WATCH: Yuki Tsunoda Shares a Wholesome Moment With ‘Proud’ Alex Albon After US GP

Published 10/30/2021, 4:45 AM EDT
Thai driver Alex Albon celebrated the first DTM win of his career in Sunday’s race eight at the iconic Nürburgring circuit to move up to fourth overall in the title race. // DTM at Nuerburgring, Germany on August 22, 2021 // Julian Kroehl / Red Bull Content Pool


Yuki Tsunoda has struggled to adjust to the demands of Formula One in his rookie season. He has shown glimpses of his pace in the car, but he has lacked consistency. The Japanese rookie has also crashed his car a lot too this season by making errors in qualifying or practice sessions.

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To help him extract the maximum out of his AlphaTauri on a race weekend, Red Bull had appointed Alex Albon to guide him. Albon started working with the Japanese rookie in the Turkish Grand Prix, and safe to say, the results are showing.

Tsunoda had one of his cleanest and best weekends in Formula One at the US GP in Austin. He started the race in P10 and finished in P9 after an excellent start. In a new video shared by AlphaTauri, Yuki and Alex are seen debriefing the race behind the scene.

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“Well done mate, good job.” said Albon after the race to Tsunoda.” Man, it was so physical,” said Yuki.

“Really? Where was it, just everywhere?” said Albon. ” I was just tired,” said Tsunoda, to which Albon replied by mentioning that everyone was tired.

“Your pace at the end was actually very good though,” said Albon while praising the AlphaTauri driver. ” Yeah, I reached my goal in the high speed and had understeer but overall it was really nice,” said Yuki.

“Your start was f****ing good also. You really had confidence on the brakes. It was a good job really proud of you.” said Alex.

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What is Albon’s role in the development of Yuki Tsunoda?

In his F1 column, F1 journalist Lawrence Barretto explained Alex Albon‘s role in the development of Tsunoda. Barretto stated that the Red Bull reserve driver is not Yuki’s driving coach.

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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

“It is understood Albon isn’t acting as a driver coach, but rather someone to offer advice in an informal way from his own experience, with Albon having had a challenging time in his own early years in F1 after being fast-tracked into the Red Bull works team in 2019.

“Over the last couple of race weekends, Albon–who will return to the grid with Williams next year–has listened in to radio communications during sessions and some engineering briefings, and offered words of advice,” wrote Lawrence.

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It is lovely to see a fellow driver like Albon helping a rookie to help him with the sport. Hopefully, Tsunoda can show his pace consistently in the remaining races.

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Devang Chauhan

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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 Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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