Franz Tost, Scuderia AlphaTauri’s team representative, says he was impressed by Yuki Tsunoda during the first F1 preseason test in 2022.
Yuki Tsunoda endured a challenging rookie season in F1. He failed to score half of his teammate Pierre Guthrie’s total points and made many mistakes in qualifying sessions and races.
However, Yuki Tsunoda, who escaped the slump in the second half of the season, finished the season in 4th place, which was his best result, overtaking Valtteri Bottas after resuming the controversial final lap at the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
On the final day of the F1 Barcelona test, Yuki Tsunoda was unable to run AT03 due to Pierre Guthrie crashing the car. However, on the first day of the test, Yuki Tsunoda completed 121 laps. Franz Tost says Yuki Tsunoda has made a good start to the pre-season.
“Yuki has entered his second season, which means he has more experience than last year. I was really impressed with his first test day,” Franz Tost said.
“He’s fast and has no mistakes. He’s giving very good technical feedback. And the team has improved. I think it’s better than last year. As I always say, the Constructors. I’ll finish in 5th place in the championship. Maybe even better. “
After the first F1 preseason test was completed, Franz Tost carefully talked about how he felt the team compared to his rivals in three days.
“It’s too early to say where we are in terms of performance,” Franz Tost said.
“Overall, we expect a successful full season, why? Because, as I said, the base of the car is good.”
“Our engineers are confident that we are going in the right direction with respect to the development steps. We have two very good drivers. Fortunately, there are no reliability issues. That’s very important.”