Marking an impressive P9 on his F1 debut with Alpha Tauri at Bahrain raised the bar of expectations for Yuki Tsunoda being part of the Red Bull program. The great performance of the Japanese rookie didn’t go unnoticed but, as soon as he flew, he’s now falling back. Just after his TOP10 finish in the championship opener, the 21-years-old scored a P12 in the Emilia Romagna GP, then fall into a final P15 at Portimao and finally registered a DNF in Spain at the last race.
The drop on the results of the AplhaTauri driver, plus his little care at swearing, continuous complaining, and even the suggestion that he is not driving the same car as teammate Pierre Gasly, should have driven to a called-off from inside the team’s doors that resulted in Tsunoda apologizing at the Driver’s Press conference on Wednesday’s preview for the Monaco GP, assuring he “feel really a lot of regrets”.
But then, after the incident in Thursday’s FP2 where Tsunoda hit the barrier and was forced to step out of the session, it seems that for Helmut Marko the situation is now starting to take its toll, and the Austrian took the chance to tell off the driver during the chance to express to the media his commonly controversial pronouncements.
"We told him a thousand times, it's all about one thing in Monaco: making metres, making metres, making metres, he should really learn to show some discipline," Marko said.
Tsunoda from his side tried to explain the coneditions that may have led him to hit the wall in Monaco. "So I think I didn’t push too much hard in entry, I think just lost the grip in the end. A lot of degradation there I think and a couple of gusts of wind (and) I lost completely the rear between Turns 15 and 16, and I just had to finish the session.”
"I had two [sets of] softs for Saturday so I think it’s not the worst-case or the end of the world. Just, I have to prepare more for Saturday and try to put it all together." The Japanese driver expressed a hopeful look toward Saturday’s sessions.
pullin' into the pits ✌️ the AT02 hits the track again on Saturday 👊 pic.twitter.com/Du0Z2HyxvM— Scuderia AlphaTauri (@AlphaTauriF1) May 20, 2021