Franz Tost revealed that Yuki Tsunoda was so fast in Baku that he feared a possible crash could happen. The Japanese finished the race in seventh place, which is his best placement in his Formula 1 career so far. In a very important race in Azerbaijan, Tsunoda retained the seventh place from which he started.
He held a fantastic sixth before the race restarted in lap 49, but was defeated by Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris in the final three laps of the race. For Tsunoda, this is his second placement in his rookie season. He won ninth place and two points in Bahrain, and with points in Azerbaijan he brought valuable points to AlphaTauri.
“Yuki did a fantastic job, I have to say. Okay, he had a minor incident yesterday, but that was in Q3. It has happened to more experienced drivers as well. ” “His race pace was amazing at times. I was really worried that something might happen, he was very fast.
" "I expect him to achieve some good results in the second part of the season when he will be more experienced, especially on the track he already knows."
Tost on Tsunoda's race in Baku
The head of the fifth-placed constructor believes that Baku was Tsunoda's best race of the season.
"For me, (Baku is the best race for Tsunoda). He has improved a lot. We must not forget that this is his first race in Baku." "Of course, he scored 2 points in Bahrain after finishing ninth, but he knows that track well from F2, we tested on it and we had a good set-up.
” "But he did not know this track, and he immediately got along well on it. He started seventh and finished seventh, in my opinion it’s a fantastic ride. Top performance. ” "We know we have to work on some old ones, but I'm sure everything will fall into place because he's a great talent."
Despite a quality score in Baku, Tsunoda has only eight points versus 31 scored by another AlphaTauri, Pierre Gasly. Toast and the team hope that the Japanese will continue with good results and help the team in the fight for the fifth place in the constructors' standings.
For now, we have to be honest, Tsuonda looks great. Given that this is his debut season, and that he certainly feels a lot of pressure, he drives great and it looks like he could be a big surprise this season