AlphaTauri Team Principal, Franz Tost, has said that he is confident in Yuki Tsunoda to have a strong recovery, leading up to the second half of his rookie season. He also sympathized with modern-day rookies and the increased difficulty.
After a start of the season full of ups and downs for Yuki, Tost admitted that the Japanese driver is improving every day and he is sure he will be successful in the future.
“He shows fantastic natural speed and he is improving day-by-day, session by session and I am quite optimistic that we will see a very good second half of the season and that Yuki will also be successful in the future,” said a confident Tost.
Some time ago, Tsunoda made the move to reside in Italy, thus enabling him to work closely with engineers, a move that he himself has touted as well needed. Tsunoda had a relatively uneventful weekend at the Styrian Grand Prix with no errors or incidents, something Tost is happy with.
“He has much more time with the engineers because he is living in Faenza. Every day he is spending hours with the engineers. This helps him to understand the car from the mechanical side, from the aerodynamic side, how to use the power unit. The power unit is not only giving you the power, but it is also helping under braking, with the MGUK and so on and so on.”
In Paul Ricard, Tsunoda suffered a crash due to understeer, which led to him crashing out in qualifying. Tost feels this is one of many incidents in his journey as a Formula 1 driver that will help him grow.
“When I remember back to the accident in Paul Ricard when Yuki crashed, we had some understeering problems in FP3 and we decided to give more front wing to do the work on the front suspension.
“You cannot teach this to a young driver, he has to learn in every qualifying session what to do on this track, and therefore experience is so important. Yuki is improving really well and the complete process is absolutely in the right direction.”
In addition, he has also explained it will take time for Tsunoda to grow, especially in modern-day F1, with its complexity. He believes rookie drivers have a lot more to learn compared to previous generations in F1.
“Every track in a different way how he can use the power unit. And there are different corners and you can’t expect that a rookie knows everything from the very beginning onwards,” Tost elaborated.
“That’s why I always say a young driver needs three years to understand this complicated F1 because Formula 1 has become much more complicated than it was years before. I am very happy with Yuki.”