Franz Tost, the principal of the AlphaTauri Team, has responded to remarks made by Dr. Helmut Marko, who described Yuki Tsunoda as a “difficult child” in his remarks.
After Tsunoda and teammate Pierre Gasly collided at Silverstone, Marko told Servus TV that Tsunoda was a “problem child” and that a psychologist had been engaged to help the 22-year-old.
Tsunoda’s potential is enormous, and we believe in him, Marko said in a recent interview with The Red Bulletin. He’s very humorous and endearing when he’s not under pressure. No one can blow their top quite like Yuki, but everyone likes him.
Tost defended his driver in Austria.
According to AlphaTauri, Tsunoda has improved significantly since his rookie season.
“I like kids with problems because they are the really talented ones who can find a solution. The saintly [children] bother me. Yuki understands he made a mistake [in Silverstone] and he will try to fix it. He’s still going through the development stage. He is quick. He was also swift this past weekend. And he’ll go about it his way. It necessitates some time.
“If he keeps performing the way he did throughout the season, with the exception of crashing, I believe he has an excellent opportunity to stay with us. He determines it. He will remain if he performs well, and he will be eliminated if he doesn’t. Absolutely simple,” the Team Principal continued.
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Tost did however add that Tsunoda was “impatient” as the team manager detailed how he dealt with the situation following the Silverstone collision between the two AlphaTauri drivers, which saw the drivers make contact and spin.
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This was obviously a nightmare for the team. We were in strong situations since the drivers were in positions seven and eight, and because we were aware of how challenging Silverstone is for us. Then, after growing a little agitated, Yuki attempted to out-brake Pierre but failed, lost the rear, and collided with him.
And right after the race, I summoned Yuki to my office and told him that this was not acceptable and that he needed to exercise more restraint and patience. There have been other teammate collisions in the past, and perhaps we won’t be the last. However, this must be prevented in any way.
Teammates Gasly and Tsunoda of AlphaTauri clash at Silverstone during the 2022 British Grand Prix.
Tsunoda also addressed his use of a psychologist in Austria, noting that he had recently changed to a different mental health specialist after utilizing one since his Formula 2 days.
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“Well, when I [was] in Formula 2, I already had a psychologist trainer. He did a fantastic job, and I’m so pleased for him. The previous four or five races were run with a different psychologist trainer. 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 believe that what happened in the UK was different from what the psychologist claims. 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.”