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Yuki Tsunoda

Tsunoda: It's 50/50 whether I will stay in F1 in 2022

AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda has admitted that his chances of staying in Formula 1 in 2022 are more shaky than he'd like, as the team are yet to confirm him for next year.

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With AlphaTauri yet to confirm their driver line-up for 2022, Yuki Tsunoda believes that his chances of staying in Formula 1 are equal to his chances of being dropped.

Tsunoda, in his rookie season after stepping up from Formula 2, has struggled to adjust to life in F1.

There have been flashes of the speed that convinced Red Bull to fast-track him into F1 with their junior team, but plenty of errors and crashes as well, and Tsunoda admitted his lack of consistency is hurting his chances of being retained.

"I don't know, but not this week. I don't know," Tsunoda said glumly when asked about his future by the media, including RacingNews365.com, ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix.

The Japanese rookie added that he doesn't know for sure whether he'll still be in F1 next season, given that he's unlikely to be picked up elsewhere if Red Bull opt to drop him.

"I think the chance is 50/50. It goes up and down a bit, as it's not a consistent season," he said.

"I think, to achieve that, I have to have more consistency and have to build up, step by step. The performance I show sometimes is good, and then sometimes what I show is really inconsistent, so we'll see."

Tsunoda, speaking in a recent, exclusive interview with RacingNews365.com, said that Franz Tost, AlphaTauri team boss, had urged him to be more disciplined. This is something Red Bull aimed to help him with by moving him to Italy, to be under the supervision of Tost near the AlphaTauri factory.

"My expectations were too high [for F1] and I was thinking F1 would be a little bit more easy," he said.

"As soon as I break my rhythm or don't go well, for example in Imola, I started to get confused, so that's why I struggled. The time I came into F1 was not the issue for me."

You can read the full interview with Tsunoda here.

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