(Motorsport-Total.com) – AlphaTauri Formula 1 workforce boss Franz Tost believes Yuki Tsunoda is “doing a very good job”, however should hold his feelings in examine after a sequence of warnings and penalties. Tsunoda grew to become the primary Formula One driver to obtain 5 cautions in a single season when he was penalized for driving with an unbuckled seat belt momentarily on the Dutch Grand Prix.
AlphaTauri workforce boss Franz Tost on the FIA press convention
This resulted in a ten-place setback on the beginning grid for Monza, the place Tsunoda was penalized an extra three locations for ignoring the yellow flag in Friday’s observe session.
Although the demotion was meaningless as Alfatouri fitted his automotive with a brand new energy unit and had to begin later anyway, Tsunoda now has eight penalty factors, 4 away from a race ban.
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When requested about Tsunoda’s progress and any considerations following his latest penalty, 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 in Zandvoort, take a look at FT1 in Monza. He’s doing a very good job within the automotive,” Tost mentioned. “He simply needs to hold his feelings in examine and be extra disciplined as a result of it is not sensible to ignore yellow flags in FT2.”
“I perceive it is troublesome in qualifying, possibly generally within the race, however in free observe you positively have to settle for the yellow flag and react correctly, which suggests you have got to decelerate.”
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Three of Tsunoda’s 5 bookings had been free of charge observe events when he interfered with the quick laps of Charles Leclerc in Bahrain, Sebastian Vettel in Australia and Kevin Magnussen in Monaco. He additionally acquired a warning in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix for driving unnecessarily sluggish.
Tsunoda felt he couldn’t management the situations, noting that the brand new Formula 1 race administrators had been nonetheless within the strategy of discovering the correct normal for interfering with different vehicles, however was glad to have the ability to reset his warnings.
Tsunoda has not scored factors because the Spanish Grand Prix in mid-May however sadly missed out on the highest 10 at Zandvoort, the place he made Q3 and was combating for factors earlier than a differential downside pressured him to retire.
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Alfatouri has but to verify its full driver line-up for subsequent yr, with Tsunoda lately saying its future is dependent upon “issues happening behind the scenes”. Team boss Tost mentioned in Zandvoort that he expects Tsunoda to stay a part of the workforce subsequent yr, though one other seat change is probably going.
Given Alpine’s curiosity in Pierre Gasly for 2023, Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko lately met with Naik de Vries and the Dutchman was approached by a possible Alfatouri driver ought to Gasly depart the workforce.