(Motorsport-Total.com) – AlphaTauri Formula 1 crew principal Franz Tost believes Yuki Tsunoda is “doing rather well” however after a collection of cautions and penalties, he needs to preserve his emotions in test. Tsunoda grew to become 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 crew boss Franz Tost on the FIA press convention
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 observe session.
Although AlfaTauri has fitted the automotive with a brand new energy unit and it has to begin from the rear anyway, the drop is unnecessary, however Tsunoda now has eight penalty factors, 4 away from a ban from the race.
Toast Tsunoda: “Works positive within the automotive, however…”
Asked about Tsunoda’s progress and any considerations 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 – have a look at qualifying at Zandvoort, have a look at FT1 at Monza. He’s doing rather well within the automotive,” mentioned Tost. “He simply needs to get his emotions under management and be disciplined as a result of it is not good to ignore a yellow flag in FT2.”
“I perceive it is tough in qualifying, perhaps typically within the race, however in free observe you might have to take the yellow flags and do the fitting factor, that’s, decelerate.”
Tsunoda with out Formula 1 factors since Spain
Three of Tsunoda’s 5 bookings had been without spending a dime observe 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 technique of discovering an applicable customary that may forestall different vehicles, however was comfortable that his remarks may very well be reinstated.
Tsunoda hasn’t scored a degree because the 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 affirm its full driver lineup for subsequent yr, with Tsunoda not too long ago saying its future relies on “issues happening behind the scenes.” Team principal Tost Zandvoort mentioned he expects Tsunoda to stay a part of the crew subsequent yr, though a second-place transfer is a chance.
Given Alpine’s curiosity in Pierre Gasly for 2023, Red Bull Motorsport advisor Helmut Marko not too long ago met with Nick de Vries to talk about the Dutchman’s doable AlfaTauri driver ought to Gasly go away the crew.