Helmut Marko, head of Red Bull’s development program, has only words of praise for the young Japanese, but is it wise to put such a burden on the shoulders of youthful Tsunoda, who has only done one Formula 1 race? In his Formula 1 debut, 20-year-old Yuki Tsunoda left a very good impression.
After starting from the 13th position, he managed to break through all the way to ninth place and win his first two points in the championship. A lot of pomp has risen around the currently youngest F1 driver, and in a conversation with RTL, dr.
Helmut Marko presented his predictions: “We are confident that Tsunoda will be the first Japanese driver to win a Formula 1 race. He is only 20 years old and made no mistakes in the first race." "The way he overtook Stroll in the last lap in Bahrain… so he was 150 meters behind him!
He really is a runner at heart. He is strong in the head and has incredible self-confidence. I am convinced that we will see him on the podium soon. "
The smallest driver
Tsunoda, as currently the smallest and lightest driver on the grid, also had problems with the position in the car, and Marko adds: "If you can adjust the car to that (height and weight), then it is definitely an advantage."
"He is 159 cm tall and weighs only 61 kg. This also caused problems in the simulator where Tsunoda needed a special seat because otherwise, it would not suit him. It was not ideal in the beginning because he would suffer from pain quickly.
" AlphaTauri is hoping to get a new boost with Tsunoda to attack towards the top of the standings, the car looked great in Bahrain and only an accident stood in the way of Gasly to achieve a good result. Tsunoda certainly looks like the best rookie driver, with no mistakes in the first race of the season and with great time achieved in pre-season testing, but has Red Bull learned from their not-so-distant mistakes? Only time will tell.
In his Formula 1 debut, 20-year-old Yuki Tsunoda left a very good impression. After starting from the 13th position, he managed to break through all the way to ninth place and win his first two points in the championship. In addition to good driving skills, Tsunoda has shown mental strength in this short time, and it seems that Alpha Tauri has really made the right decision and that it will pay off.
This season we have a lot of promising F1 drivers who will be the future of this sport. Will Tsunoda or Schumacher manage to be number 1?