Yuki Tsunoda is currently facing a tumultuous phase in his career. To help him regain confidence, Helmut Marko is currently working on moving the Japanese from England to Italy to work under the surveillance of his team.
Tsunoda’s first-ever Formula 1 race in Bahrain only confirmed the enormous talent of the rookie, achieving a P9 finish and scoring his first F1 points at the same time. Nonetheless, after this great start, things started to spice up for the 21-year-old that smashed his single-seater in a wall during the qualifying session of the Emila Romagna GP, before spinning out of the track the next day and failing to score points.
This frustrating Grand Prix also marked the beginning of a difficult period for Tsunoda that probably lost a lot of confidence that was given to him by the praising comments coming from all over the grid at the start of the season.
However, Marko is still convinced that the Japanese prodigy has a special talent that would just need a spark of confidence to explode. This is why the Austrian decided to take the lead in addressing the problem and will now make Tsunoda move from England to Italy to be placed under the surveillance of AlphaTauri’s team principal Franz Tost.
“The young man now has to concentrate and will learn that Formula 1 is the toughest sport in motor racing. Accordingly, the work and approach must also be as professional,” Marko told Formel1.de.
“We’ve now decided he’s moving to Italy, where he’s under the personal watchful eye of Franz Tost.”
“Trying to overtake Hamilton on the wet track at Imola is a daring maneuver, and of course it went wrong.”
“But with the mistakes that have happened, it’s clear that self-confidence has also suffered.”
“That’s why the move from England to Italy. The potential is still there. But we now have to put it on the right track.”
The 78-year-old Austrian also brought some precisions to the special training Tsunoda will be given in order to bounce back from this low point in his career, including “lots of fitness, go-karting, technical work in the factory, reading out data and the like.”