As part of the team’s partnership with Honda, the Japanese racer joined the Red Bull driver programme. He performed well enough in his one and only Formula 2 season in 2020 to earn a spot in the top category with their sister team AlphaTauri.
His rookie season result of 32 points was not bad, but his results last year were far less impressive in a season in which the team’s car struggled to be competitive. Yuki Tsunoda, on the other hand, appears to have more to prove.
Last year, Helmut Marko referred to him as the “problem child” of the team. Despite this, he was given a contract extension, demonstrating a clear belief in his ability despite his failure to ignite the sport. However, in order to secure another contract with AlphaTauri, his performance must improve.
That’s what team president Franz Tost said about Tsunoda’s situation during a recent car launch event in New York City. “Yuki struggled with the car last year,” admitted the long-serving team principal.
Tsunoda has been working with Daniel Ricciardo‘s long-serving coach to aid his preparations. With the Australian out of the race this year, AlphaTauri has brought in Michael Italiano, who recently spent time with his new client at a training camp in the UAE.
“One of the main goals of the camp was to build our relationship so that we understand each other before testing and racing,” Tsunoda explained. “That went well, as did the actual training, where we primarily focused on endurance.“