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Yuki Tsunoda

Tsunoda thanks his father for playing a crucial role in his career

Yuki Tsunoda will make his F1 debut for the AlphaTauri team when the 2021 season gets underway in Bahrain. The Japanese driver discusses how his father helped him during his formative years.

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AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda had a meteoric rise through the junior ranks. The Japanese driver says his father's advice was pivotal to him especially during his karting years.

Finishing third overall in the 2020 FIA Formula 2 championship, Yuki Tsunoda prompted Red Bull to sign him to their AlphaTauri squad. The Japanese driver says he wouldn't have achieved his ambition if not for the help of his father.

"My father was my mechanic until I was around 14 or 15 years old," he told the AlphaTauri website.

"I have to thank him for all the success I have so far - he has helped me to become a better driver.

"Braking was one thing he taught me the most, particularly how and when to brake. He taught me that braking is very important going into the corner and that can make the car rotate.

"And if you can rotate the car more than others, you can apply the throttle again earlier than others. I practiced that a lot in karting. It gave me a lot of confidence and I still use what I learned even today."


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