After a difficult start to the season for Yuki Tsunoda, Red Bull asked him to move to Italy to improve his form with the team based in Faenza.
After a good debut race in Bahrain in which Tsunoda scored two points, the following events were not as good for the Japanese driver. He did not manage to score a single point, and he also admitted that his expectations were too high after the great result in the first race.
After some time spent in Milton Keynes, where Red Bull is based, Tsunoda will move to Faenza, where AlphaTauri has its factory. This decision was taken after the FP2 crash in Monaco.
“I got told while I was in Monaco, on Saturday I think, I crashed in FP2, [which] was not a good thing, and I think Red Bull was not happy. And we were talking to Red Bull, AlphaTauri, about having a little bit of a big change for me as I think the last three, four races, I haven’t had a good race.
“So to change something, you need a big difference. So, they decide[d] to me to move to Italy, to have more chats with engineers, go to the factory, and have more opportunity to talk about the car.
“For me, that is a very good decision; actually, I was asking Red Bull from the beginning of the season if it was possible to move to Italy. First of all, I stay in Milton Keynes, but now I can go to Italy and stay a bit more with the team so that’s a big positive for me,” he said.
Now that Tsunoda is in Faenza, the team will help him more to perform better. Moreover, Yuki explained his schedule with AlphaTauri in Faenza, and he also admitted he did not enjoy that.
“So, last week after the Monaco GP, I flew directly to Faenza,” he explained. “Most of the plan the whole day is scheduled by Franz Tost [AlphaTauri Team Principal]. From nine o’clock, gym session to 11, which is an experience I never had… 11 to 12.30 was engineer meeting and lunch and having also English lesson because my English is not perfect. Good opportunity to learn English. Three to 4.30 is again engineer meeting, and 4.30 to six is again my gym session.
“So yes, most of the things scheduled by Franz Tost. I didn’t enjoy last week, but it is what it is. Especially the engineer meeting gave a really good understanding of the car so that was really good preparation for this week. Mainly the gym session, the time – much longer than usual.
“Hopefully, I won’t be body-building by the end of the year, but we’ll see.”