Helmut Marko is definitely counting a lot on Yuki Tsunoda for the future of Red Bull and he assures he will not “burn” his “rough diamond”.
Yuki Tsunoda has had an impressive first Formula One weekend. The only two reproaches the young Japanese made to himself are related to his bad race start and his failed attempt to qualify in Q3 on medium tires. Nonetheless, what an impressive performance it was.
Helmut Marko has very high expectations for the youngest driver of the current Formula 1 grid. The Austrian went so far as to say that Tsunoda would be the first Japanese world champion. However, after a bad experience with the last two Red Bull academy drivers he promoted to the main team, Marko wants to stay careful in order not to destroy Tsunoda’s talent and self-confidence.
“The way he goes about it, the way he makes the car fly [is fantastic]. […] He’s also a charismatic, funny guy. We are very happy to have him. […] We have an incredible rough diamond in Yuki. We’re not going to burn him. We will look at the development and then make our decisions in a timely manner,” says the 77-year-old.
We are just at the very beginning of the 2021 season but Marko already seems confident about the future of his latest talent.
After ‘burning’ up the steps and managing to get promoted to the next class of motorsports in just one year when he was driving in F3 and F2, it now seems like Tsunoda will get a well-deserved break and will settle down for a few seasons behind the wheel of an AlphaTauri single-seater.