Helmut Marko rolled out the red carpet to evoke the rookie Yuki Tsunoda who marked the spirits for his first Grand Prix with AlphaTauri.
In Sakhir, the first Japanese to start in the championship since Kamui Kobayashi in 2014 took ninth place after shining in qualifying, especially in Q1.
For Marko, that’s all it takes: it’s only a matter of years before Tsunoda-san becomes the first world champion from the Archipelago.
“Yuki is smart and very mature for a 20 year old pilot, notes the sports advisor of Red Bull. He will soon be a new Formula 1 star. Everyone appreciates him. He’s a lovely boy with a good sense of humor. He has everything to one day become world champion. “
“We brought him to Europe, reminds Helmut. One season in F3, one season in F2, nobody noticed and boom, here he is in Formula 1. Without his repeated technical problems, he would have easily won the championship against Mick Schumacher. “
“In qualifying, AlphaTauri should have given him soft tires in Q2, so he underperformed. It would have been easier for him because he is not yet used to qualifying. With the right tires, he would have gone to Q3 from the start! “
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