Tsunoda will make his F1 debut subsequent weekend in Bahrain after being promoted by Crimson Bull to its sister group off the again of his third-place end in System 2 final 12 months.
After finishing personal checks for AlphaTauri in outdated F1 equipment, Tsunoda loved his first prolonged operating within the group’s 2021 automobile in Bahrain final week.
Tsunoda turned heads along with his cost to second place within the timesheets general, ending simply 0.093 seconds off the most effective time posted by Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Though Marko was impressed by AlphaTauri’s efficiency by the take a look at and the automobile it has produced, he was significantly complementary about Tsunoda’s efficiency.
“Our Yuki Tsunoda is 20 years outdated, and has solely been on this automobile for one-and-a-half days, however he has delivered a sensational efficiency,” Marko stated in an interview with RTL.
“In fact you may’t try this with out a [good] automobile. However I suppose AlphaTauri shall be close to the entrance midfield, which may be very shut. There’s Renault, there’s Ferrari, additionally Aston Martin.
“I believe McLaren is a notch forward. We anticipate there to be a tricky battle there. Relying on the monitor, one or the opposite shall be in entrance. However once more, Tsunoda was sensational.”
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02
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Marko has been instrumental in Tsunoda’s rise by the ranks with the Crimson Bull junior academy, leaping from F4 to F1 in simply three years.
The Japanese driver spent only a single 12 months in each F3 and F2 earlier than transferring as much as F1, having additionally acquired assist from Honda all through his junior profession.
Tsunoda felt the style through which he rapidly tailored to every junior sequence will depart him in good condition for his debut in F1 this 12 months as he bids to stand up to hurry.
“Two years in the past, for first time I got here to Europe, in System 3, and many of the tracks I used to be on for the primary time,” Tsunoda stated.
“There was just one free observe and also you have been straight in qualifying. You must carry out effectively in qualifying to get factors in each race.
“To start with of the season in System 3, I struggled a bit to adapt to the tracks. However that tough scenario makes it higher for the adapting effectively. Particularly in System 2, that have was actually helpful.
“These two years in System 2 and System 3, adapting to the automobile expertise, is already helpful for System 1, [and will be] particularly to start with of the season.”