Formula 1

Franz Tost Expecting Tough Start to Life in Formula 1 for Rookie Yuki Tsunoda

1 Mins read
Credit: Peter Fox/Getty Images

Franz Tost is expecting the first year of Yuki Tsunoda’s Formula 1 career to be very tough, although he believes it will not be long before he begins to challenge team-mate Pierre Gasly hard on track.

Tsunoda has moved up to Formula 1 after finishing third in the FIA Formula 2 championship in 2020 with Carlin, with the Japanese racer joining Gasly at Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda in place of Daniil Kvyat.

Tost, the Team Principal of AlphaTauri, says Tsunoda will take time to adapt to life at the highest level of single-seater racing, with the technical side of the car much different to anything he has previously raced in.  He will also have limited seat time in pre-season testing with just three days available to teams prior to the start of the season.

The Team Principal also feels it will also be tough on Tsunoda to learn circuits he has never raced at before, although when they hit the races in Europe, Tost is expecting the twenty-year-old to come good.

“The first year for a newcomer in Formula 1 will be very tough,” Tost is quoted as saying by “For example, you come to Melbourne having jet lag, a new race track and also, all day long media and marketing appointments.

“Also the technical side of the race car, this takes a while for a driver to get a handle these processes.  [The lack of testing] means for a young driver he needs a lot of mental strength but also it will be very physically and challenging for the first races.

“It will be hard in the beginning when he doesn’t know the race tracks.  But with the second part of the season when he knows Barcelona, Silverstone, Austria and Hungary where he races with Formula 2, I hope he will challenge Pierre and be close to him.

“My expectation is that he then also makes it to qualifying three and he starts collecting points for the team.”

13769 posts

About author
Long time motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1 and the occassional other series. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Related posts
Formula 1

Ricciardo in the Spotlight: Montreal Performance and the Road Ahead

6 Mins read
Will a good weekend in Montreal be the start of a revival for Daniel Ricciardo in 2024? TCF takes a look at his performance and the road ahead.
Formula 1

2024 Canadian Grand Prix: What the Drivers are Saying after the Race

11 Mins read
Following 70 laps of incredible racing in Montreal, the drivers review their performances in a thrilling wet-to-dry race.
Formula 1

2024 Canadian Grand Prix: Verstappen Takes Impressive Victory in Thrilling Wet-to-Dry Race

5 Mins read
Max Verstappen took an impressive victory in a thrilling wet-to-dry race in Montreal, with Lando Norris and George Russell on the podium.