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Tsunoda a “quick learner” into F1, says AlphaTauri’s Egginton

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 28: Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Scuderia AlphaTauri talks to the media in the Pitlane prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 28, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

The Technical Director of Alpha Tauri, Jody Egginton, has said Yuki Tsunoda is adapting well to the world of Formula 1 and to his team, saying he’s on a “very steep learning curve.”

“His speed was not in doubt from F2. He deserved his shot. He’s come along. He’s on a very steep learning curve as any young driver is coming into the Formula 1 world. But he’s taken it step by step, he’s absorbing a lot of information and he is communicating well. And we’re understanding what he wants from the car and he’s working with his engineering team. He’s a quick learner.”

Egginton admitted that Tsunoda had “a few ups and downs” in Bahrain, stating it was frustrating for everyone. Still, he said the Japanese managed to bounce back, being a ‘refreshing’ young guy.

“We had a few ups and downs [in Bahrain], he’s been very quick, we had a few little issues with the car and he’s taken that in stride. It’s frustrating for him as it is for everybody – if it wasn’t frustrating for him, that would be a worry, actually.

“But he bounced back from it. And so far it’s been really good. It’s really refreshing with the young guys in the team. AlphaTauri, Toro Rosso has got a history of working with young drivers and it’s just another one. I quite enjoy it, the challenge and the team’s good. Without being big-headed the team is good at working with young drivers, I think it’s fair to say that the record of the drivers that have been through the team highlights that the engineers are good.

“It’s great, it’s refreshing, it’s a challenge, but he’s delivering. We’re going to have ups and downs but he’s delivering and I think that’s important because we’re firmly in the midfield it appears.”

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