The AlphaTauri team, formerly known as Toro Rosso, has "educated" many F1 drivers. Vettel, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Sainz, Gasly… They are the most successful among the many drivers who drove for the team from Faenza, and the latest project is the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda.
His career has developed very quickly so far. Yuki Tsunoda came to Europe two years ago, made his Formula 2 debut last year, and won third place overall, earning a call at AlphaTaura and will make his debut on the top stage in less than a month.
Speaking about the expectations from his new driver, team boss Franz Tost said: "We expect the learning curve in his case to be quite steep, he should get good performances pretty quickly." “Of course, there will be some collisions, it’s part of the development program, but what’s extraordinary about him is the control of the car, his braking power and speed in fast corners."
"If he continues the learning process the way he did on tests in Imola and Abu Dhabi last year, I'm sure we will see some fantastic races from him. ”
On the other side of the garage will be Pierre Gasly, the winner of last year’s Monza race, who has already announced he is ready to take on the role of team leader.
Gasly will use his experience to help his colleague progress as quickly as possible. Tsunoda is a huge talent and by working together they could both achieve great results for their team “Pierre is a very capable driver and now has the necessary experience for the role of team leader and for Yuki.
Every driver is compared to a teammate, so the better that teammate, the harder the driver works to improve himself. ” “Yuki can learn a lot from Pierre in all segments, for example by comparing lap times, car settings, driving trajectory.
All of this is very important, especially on tracks that will be new to Yuki. If you have a good and experienced teammate, you can compare many different parameters, which then helps you in your own performances, ”said Tost.
AlphTauri seems to have huge expectations of Tsunoda and believes Tsunoda can achieve great results this season. Given his previous results and the mentality that Tsunoda possesses, he could meet those expectations. It is necessary for Tsunoda to focus as much as possible and to be concentrated on Formula 1