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“Tsunoda will be on the podium soon” according to Dr Helmut Marko

Helmut Marko has full belief that the Japanese youngster will be on the podium in the not to distant future

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Yuki Tsunoda took the F1 world by storm when he made his debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix 2 weeks ago. Red Bull’s junior programme manager Dr Helmut Marko believes its only a matter of time before the Japanese talent achieves not only podiums, but wins too.  

Speaking with RTL, Marko said: “We are convinced Tsunoda will be the first Japanese driver to win a Formula 1 grand prix. He is only 20 years old and did nothing wrong in his first race.

He has an incredibly good base speed. And the way he overtook [Lance] Stroll on the last lap in Bahrain…he was 150 metres behind him! He’s a racer at heart. His mentality is also great, he has incredible self-confidence. I am convinced we will see him on the podium soon.”

Comparing him to the other F1 rookies, Yuki really stood out. Admittedly in a better car but his race craft seemed stronger than the two Haas drivers of Mick Schumacher and car #9. He was also the only rookie not to spin!

Marko also praised Tsunoda’s ability to adapt to the Alpha Tauri F1 car, “If you can adapt the car to it then it’s definitely an advantage,” said Marko. “He is 1.59m tall and weighs only 61kg.

“Adapting a normal car was quite difficult for AlphaTauri anyway. It also caused problems in the simulator, where Tsunoda needed a special seat because otherwise he wouldn’t fit. That was not ideal at first as it caused him to suffer from aches and pains quickly.”

If Yuki can keep up the form he showed in the opening weekend, he has every chance to be one of the stand out performers of the season.

What do you make of Yuki’s performance so far? Let us know in the comments on Formulanerds social media!

“We’re not going to burn him” Red Bull on Yuki Tsunoda

info: RTL


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