AlphaTauri’s boss Franz Tost says Yuki Tsunoda still has a lot to learn after crashing often in recent races. The F1 rookie came to Formula 1 this year and impressed in his first race in Bahrain, but after that, he showed up mainly with many crashes.
The negative highlight was back in Spain when he even criticized his team for his poor performance.
However, he was able to pull himself out of this negative spiral last week at the Azerbaijan GP, when he finished in the points again and perhaps delivered his best performance to date.
The team boss Tost, who has helped the Japanese build a working plan, has also advised him to move near AlphaTauri’s base in Faenza. The Austrian has also said that drivers understand exactly how far they can go.
“He has to learn, or he has to recognize when he’s on the limit.”
“If you are in the same tenth with other top drivers, then there’s not so much space any more to be faster. And then you must recognize as a driver ‘I can’t brake later’, ‘I can’t push harder’, not in a way as he thought he can do it, because then you simply end into the tire wall.”
“But this is a kind of a learning process. And I must say that during the Baku weekend the team made already a big step forward in understanding the car and also from the technical feedback side. Therefore, I’m quite positive that we will get him in the right way, because he has unbelievable natural speed.”
Although Tsunoda has crashed often this season, Tost prefers to have a driver who risks than one who is too cautious.
“I like drivers who are pushing, I like drivers who are risking something. But of course, early or later, you must get it under control. And this is what we have to teach Yuki.”
“But to be honest, I like this way more than to try to make someone faster. Slowing down a fast driver is easier than to speed up a slow driver.”