Tsunoda needs to ‘get his emotions under management’

(Motorsport-Total.com) – AlphaTauri Formula 1 group principal Franz Tost believes Yuki Tsunoda is “doing rather well” however after a collection of cautions and penalties, he needs to maintain his emotions in examine. Tsunoda turned the primary Formula 1 driver to obtain 5 cautions in a season when he was penalized for quickly eradicating his seatbelt on the Dutch Grand Prix.

AlphaTauri group boss Franz Tost on the FIA ​​press convention

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That led to a ten-place backlog on the beginning grid for Monza, the place Tsunoda was penalized an additional three locations for ignoring yellow flags in Friday’s follow session.

Although AlfaTauri has fitted the automobile with a brand new energy unit and it has to begin from the rear anyway, the drop is not sensible, however Tsunoda now has eight penalty factors, 4 away from a ban from the race.

Toast Tsunoda: “Works high quality within the automobile, however…”

Asked about Tsunoda’s progress and any issues following his latest penalties, Tost praised the Japanese’s efficiency however admitted he needs to be higher at dealing with incidents.

“His efficiency is getting higher and higher – take a look at qualifying at Zandvoort, take a look at FT1 at Monza. He’s doing rather well within the automobile,” mentioned Tost. “He simply needs to get his emotions under management and be disciplined as a result of it isn’t sensible to ignore a yellow flag in FT2.”

“I perceive it is tough in qualifying, possibly generally within the race, however in free follow you’ve got to take the yellow flags and do the proper factor, that’s, decelerate.”

Tsunoda with out Formula 1 factors since Spain

Three of Tsunoda’s 5 bookings had been without cost follow incidents when he interfered with the quick laps of Charles Leclerc in Bahrain, Sebastian Vettel of Australia and Kevin Magnussen in Monaco. He was additionally cautioned for driving unnecessarily slowly throughout qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

Feeling uncontrolled, Tsunoda famous that Formula 1’s new race administrators had been nonetheless within the means of discovering an applicable customary that might stop different vehicles, however was comfortable that his remarks may very well be reinstated.

Tsunoda hasn’t scored a degree for the reason that Spanish Grand Prix in mid-May, however sadly missed out on the highest 10 at Zandvoort, the place he was in Q3 and preventing for factors earlier than a differential downside compelled him to retire.


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AlphaTauri has but to verify its full driver lineup for subsequent yr, with Tsunoda just lately saying its future depends upon “issues occurring behind the scenes.” Team principal Tost Zandvoort mentioned he expects Tsunoda to stay a part of the group subsequent yr, though a second-place transfer is a risk.

Given Alpine’s curiosity in Pierre Gasly for 2023, Red Bull Motorsport marketing consultant Helmut Marko just lately met with Nick de Vries to talk about the Dutchman’s attainable AlfaTauri driver ought to Gasly go away the group.

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