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AlphaTauri

Tost defends Tsunoda: F1 especially difficult for young drivers

Despite some noted struggles during his rookie campaign, AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost is confident Yuki Tsunoda will deliver for the team.

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AlphaTauri Team Principal Franz Tost believes Yuki Tsunoda is on the right track after struggling earlier this season, noting that F1 can be especially difficult for young drivers

Tsunoda burst onto the scene at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, impressing everyone with a P9 finish. The result saw him praised by F1 Managing Director Ross Brawn, who called Tsunoda the "best rookie F1 has had for years".

From there, the AlphaTauri driver struggled, with Tsunoda himself stating he was surprised to keep his seat in 2022 given all the crashes he experienced.

Despite the up and down campaign, Tost has defended the rookie, noting that while F1 has become an increasingly difficult sport, Tsunoda has already learned some important lessons along the way.

"Tsunoda is a newcomer, it was harder for him," Tost said in a conversation with Sport1. "This shows that Formula 1 has become difficult and complex, especially for young drivers.

"Tsunoda started well and then overdid it. He got into the so-called 'crash period'. It happens to every young driver. Since then, he knows where the limit is. He has definitely learned some new things, with his sixth-place finish in Hungary proof of that.

"He will surprise us with very good results in the future."

As for AlphaTauri's other driver, Pierre Gasly, Tost noted the Frenchman's experience has been key in helping the team to their current sixth-place position in the Constructors' Championship.

"[He is] extremely important. He brings us forward with his wealth of experience. He gives us direction in terms of development. He has developed a driving style that suits our car perfectly," Tost concluded.

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