AlphaTauri CEO Franz Toast spoke concerning the expectations from working with Yuki Tsunoda.
Franz Toast: “The important thing position was performed by Yuki Tsunoda’s first journey to Europe in 2019 for exams in Method 3. He had by no means piloted such a automobile earlier than and labored with an unfamiliar group on an unfamiliar monitor, however instantly confirmed superb outcomes.
The primary 12 months is at all times troublesome for a debutant in Method 1. Simply think about: he’ll come to Melbourne for the primary time, should get used to the change of time zones and an unfamiliar monitor, cope with the technical elements, work with the press and sponsors. The rider wants time to get used to all this.
Earlier than the beginning of the season, Yuuki will work on exams, however he’ll solely have a day and a half to get snug with the automobile, which may be very little. As well as, he has a variety of work to do off-piste. Within the first races, he’ll want psychological toughness and good bodily health. Yuki doesn’t know many tracks – in China, Monaco, the USA and Sao Paulo – that is the debutant’s lack in a scenario the place the riders are separated by hundredths of a second.
AlphaTauri will assist Yuki put together in addition to doable: he’ll work on the simulator at Purple Bull Expertise for so long as essential.
At the start of the season it will likely be troublesome for him to compete on unfamiliar tracks, however then there will likely be races in Barcelona, Silverstone, Austria and Hungary, the place he carried out in Method 3 and Method 2. I hope that he’ll be capable to problem Pierre and won’t be inferior to him in pace … I anticipate him to make it to the qualifying last and begin incomes factors for the group. “