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F1 | Franz Tost backs Yuki Tsunoda, stating he likes problematic children

AlphaTauri’s team principal addressed comments made by Dr Helmut Marko (Redd Bull and AlphaTauri and backs Tsunoda after he is called a “problem child” and critized for his use of a psychologist.

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F1 | Franz Tost backs Yuki Tsunoda, stating he likes problematic children
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In Silverstone, Yuki Tsunoda was seen involved in an incident with teammate Pierre Gasly. This lit up comments from Dr Marko saying Tsunoda was a problem child.

“We believe in him and his huge potential… When he isn't under stress, he's incredibly funny and likeable. Everyone likes Yuki, even if no one can blow their top quite like he does,” he said.

But it was in Austria that Franz Tost defended the Japanese driver.

“I like problem [children] because these are the really good [children] who can make something out of it. I don't like the holy [children],” said Tost.

“Yuki made a mistake [in Silverstone]; he knows it and he will work on this. He is still in his development process. He is fast. He was also fast this weekend here. And he will do it his way. It takes a little bit of time,” he added.

“If he continues like he did during the season, apart from crashing, I think that he has a good chance to stay with us. It depends on him. If he shows a good performance he will stay, if he doesn't show a good performance, he is out. Totally easy,” added the Team Principal.

Tsunoda made an “impatient” move that caused the collision, but Tost explained that the team handled it.

“Of course, this was a nightmare for the team. Because the drivers were in positions seven and eight, and we knew that Silverstone is difficult for us, therefore we really were in good positions. And then Yuki got a little bit too impatient, tried to out-brake Pierre, lost the rear and crashed into him.

“And immediately after the race I called Yuki into my office and told him that this is absolutely no-go, and that he has to be more disciplined and patient. This was not the first collision between team mates and will not be the last one – hopefully with us… but nevertheless, this in any way must be avoided.”

The earlier comments by Dr. Marko also mentioned how Tsunoda is seeing a psychologist as a support. To that, the Japanese driver said:

“Well, I had already a psychologist trainer from when I [was in] Formula 2. He did a really, really good job, and I’m really happy for him. We switched to a different psychologist trainer the last four races, last five races. I think, I don’t know, I wouldn’t say it’s working well; I think we have to take a bit more time to understand more better about him, his thinking, and also how it works.

“I think I will say the psychologist things and what happened in the UK was a different thing. This [Silverstone crash] was a complete mistake, so I think hopefully it will help me as well and I know the limitation – it’s super-easy to get frustrated, especially in the car – so I’ll try to work on those things.”

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