While the AlphaTauri AT02 for the 2021 F1 season has just been unveiled, Yuki Tsunoda has returned to his expectations and his preparation for his first campaign as a queen discpline.
Yuki Tsunoda will make his Formula 1 debut this year at AlphaTauri, after a significant F2 season in which he finished third in the drivers’ standings with three wins on the clock. The Japanese, supported by Honda, arouses a lot of interest and will have the opportunity to learn in the junior team of the sector Red Bull after learning a few basics last year.
So when asked what Formula 2 has brought him, he answers: “I got to experience a lot of circuits, and I also learned a lot in terms of tire management. The F2 gives you a good understanding of working with a top-level racing team and I look forward to continuing this development. at AlphaTauri There is always more to learn, but F2 was a very useful experience and good preparation before starting my new adventure in F1. “
A new adventure which will inevitably confront him with new things in his young career, even if he has already been able to benefit from a number of test sessions with two-year-old single-seaters: “The speed of the cars, of course, is a huge difference, but also the fact that the season is much longer. Technically, there are a lot of differences and it’s a big step to take.”
“There are a lot of complex procedures, which I’m going to have to learn as quickly as possible, and the team is so big that there are a lot more engineers to report to. Plus, it will be necessary for me. to stay well trained and strong, both physically and mentally, to cover 23 races with minimal rest time. “
Can’t wait to ride Suzuka if the health situation permits, Tsunoda hopes to do credit to Honda, which will be the last season in F1. “Honda has been supporting me since Formula 4 and has played an incredibly important role in my career. I will never stop thanking them and I will try to show them my appreciation through my driving, achieving the best possible results this season. them, this is their last year in F1, which is a real shame, but I think it will be a good season with an improved engine. My main goal this year is to do well, for the team, for myself and certainly for Honda. “
The first titular F1 driver born in the 2000s, Tsunoda will have a lot to do as he will face a Pierre Gasly not only in his fourth full season in queen discipline but coming out of a particularly successful year where he signed his first victory. “Pierre is really fast and already has a victory in his pocket. The main objective for any driver is to beat his teammate, but he will be difficult to beat.”
“I remember seeing him in Japan when he was in Super Formula [en 2017] and that I was in Formula 4. He almost got the title in his first year in Japan, which is really difficult, especially for a European driver. He’s an incredible talent and I can’t wait to learn all I can from him this season because I’ve already seen how integrated he is to the team. “