Franz Tost gives Yuki Tsunoda backing as potential Red Bull driver in the future

AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost says that Yuki Tsunoda deserves time to show what he can do in F1 and that in the future he could show that he is good enough to challenge to drive for Red Bull.

The Japanese driver had a rather eventful rookie year last season in F1, with him showing blistering pace but also an unwelcome habit of sticking his car in the wall.

Towards the end of the 2021 campaign, though, he appeared to be finding more consistency and so far this year he has managed to avoid major incidents, though we are of course only two races in and one of those he failed to start thanks to a reliability issue with his AT03.

However, Tost believes that Tsunoda is still learning and improving and he deserves the time to do so, with him saying in the future he could end up getting to Red Bull, as you just never know what is around the corner:

“I hope that this year he will become more consistently fast. There will also be some crashes, whatever. This is the reason I always say that, to educate a driver to a really good level, you need three years minimum,” Tost toldĀ

“The first year, it’s just completely [about] learning. It’s not only the driving, the driving is the easiest one! It’s everything around the technical side, marketing and press. Every weekend you are confronted with a new situation. I’m convinced that Yuki will do it. I’m also convinced that he can make a successful future. The rest? [Red Bull etc] We will see.”

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – MARCH 27: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing and Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Scuderia AlphaTauri looks on from the drivers parade ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 27, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

The likes of Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen have driven for Red Bull after moving from the Faenza-based team which was once Toro Rosso, and Tsunoda may well have dreams of doing that himself.

For now, though, he needs to keep working hard and bring even more consistency to his performances as that is what will keep him in F1.

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