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Yuki Tsunoda

Tsunoda being closely monitored by Red Bull after moving him to Italy

Yuki Tsunoda's new schedule has been explained by his team boss, after Red Bull opted to move the Japanese rookie to Italy for closer observation.

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Yuki Tsunoda is under much closer observation from Red Bull, after the company elected to move him to Italy to be kept on a tight leash by AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost.

The move is with the intent of helping the Japanese rookie to maintain discipline and focus as he has struggled to adjust to life in Formula 1 after stepping up from F2 for this season.

"The daily routine is quite easy," Tost explained to media, including RacingNews365, with the team boss now in charge of his young charge's schedule.

"He has to be in the gym at around 9:00 until 9:30-10:00, then from 10:30-11:30-12:00 he is together with the engineers, then in the early afternoon he has an English lesson then once more together with the engineers and then he’s allowed to go once more into the gym for another two hours. And then he should go to sleep. Easy."

Tost revealed that he is the one coming up with Tsunoda's schedule, with Red Bull moving their rookie from the UK to Italy in a bid to help the AlphaTauri driver adjust.

Over the Monaco weekend, Tsunoda admitted to feeling as though he isn't yet in full control of his F1 car and, after a tough weekend in which he hit the barrier in practice before a low-key race, Red Bull confirmed the move to Italy.

"We must not forget the last races were really not so easy for him," Tost said.

"He had never been in Portimão, he has not been in Monaco and this is the first time here in Baku. The level in Formula 1 is really very high and you have to get everything together to be in the front part of the midfield.

"I must say, also in Monaco, the first practice session, he did a really good job. He was not far away from Pierre. Unfortunately in the second free practice he pushed a little bit too hard and ended in the wall – but it’s part of the learning process. You cannot expect that the newcomer at these tracks does not make any mistakes. We can see even the experienced drivers struggle in some corners. And so far, his learning process is going onwards, and his learning curve also is a good upgrade. We have to support him now.

"This is also the reason we told him to come to Italy, to work more with the engineers, to analyse more the data, just to come up to speed – especially on brakes, which he doesn’t know – as fast as possible.

"Every lap will increase his experience, and then I am quite optimistic for the qualifying and the race because the car seems competitive and we simply have to work with a newcomer. It’s not only Yuki, it’s generally when you get a newcomer more than with an experienced driver, and this is what Scuderia AlphaTauri will do and therefore I’m still convinced Yuki will have a successful season."

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