Tost wants Tsunoda to remain wild

MARCH 17, 2022

Tost wants Tsunoda to remain wild

Yuki Tsunoda, Bahrain test 2022
© Red Bull

Franz Tost insists he doesn't want to take the "wild" nature out of Yuki Tsunoda.

Last year, when the diminutive Japanese made his F1 debut for Alpha Tauri, he eventually found himself rebuked for a series of accidents and incidents.

But team boss Tost insists that Tsunoda, 21, had a much better start to his 2022 campaign in testing.

"He consistently set good laptimes, never spun, had everything under control," the Austrian told RTL. "We can expect a lot from him this year."

In fact, Tost wants Tsunoda to retain his "wild Japanese" edge when the racing begins.

"I don't have a problem with him banging the car into the guardrail again - if he's fast," he said. "I don't want to tame him at all."

Tsunoda's teammate this year is again Pierre Gasly, but the Frenchman is making noises about potentially finding a more competitive seat for 2023.

At the same time, Tost admits he is impressed by the Ferrari-backed Haas driver Mick Schumacher.

"He's one of the really big talents," he said. "Mick has a great future ahead of him.

"He knows how to win races and championships - he's a very intelligent driver. That will help him to be successful in Formula 1," Tost added.

(GMM)

Other stories for MARCH 17, 2022

VETTEL TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, HULKENBERG TO SUB

BOTTAS ADMITS HAMILTON BETTER THAN ME

PORPOISING WILL BE SHORT-LIVED IN F1 SAYS BINOTTO

VERSTAPPEN TITLE ALSO MY SUCCESS SAYS ALBON

2022 COULD BE HAMILTON'S LAST SEASON?

MERCEDES HAS BIG PROBLEMS IN 2022 SAYS GASLY

GREEN LIGHT FOR CANADA GP RETURN

PROGRESS IN SEARCH FOR URALKALI REPLACEMENT

TOST WANTS TSUNODA TO REMAIN WILD