“Don’t trust him”: Red Bull gears up for Yuki Tsunoda axe with Silverstone-based team keen on signing Japanese driver

Yuki Tsunoda has gradually established his credentials in F1 following a nervy entry into the sport three years ago at Red Bull’s sister team. While there was little doubt over his talent, Tsunoda’s consistency and temperament often came under the scanner during his time in the sport. However, the Japanese driver seems to have left that side behind himself now and is being courted by some of the bigger teams on the circuit.

Tsunoda was comfortably getting the better of his teammate Daniel Ricciardo ever since the Honey Badger was roped in by AlphaTauri midway through last season. However, it is believed that Red Bull technical advisor Helmut Marko is still not confident he has the mental attributes to feature for a big team.

Yuki Tsunoda. Credit: sportsillustrated.com
Yuki Tsunoda. Credit: sportsillustrated.com

It is for precisely this reason that F1 journalist Scott Mitchell-Malm believes that Tsunoda will not get a big break.

“There’s clearly something about [Yuki] Tsunoda that Red Bull doesn’t trust,” Mitchell-Malm said.

“Maybe they just don’t think he’ll handle it. So, it’s more of a mental thing rather than a ability thing.”

Tsunoda’s rants are so comical at times that it leaves fans in splits, but the driver himself has admitted that he needs to tone it down over the team radio.

His temper has also got the better of him at times, a facet that was on display at the 2021 French Grand Prix Qualifying when he just couldn’t control his emotions and ended up causing the team financially.

Will Yuki Tsunoda move to Aston Martin?

It is important to note that Honda was one of the reasons Tsunoda got a seat in the first place as the manufacturer wanted at least one Japanese driver in the four Red Bull seats.

However, Honda’s association with Red Bull will end completely following 2026. The manufacturer will partner up with Aston Martin and the fractured relationship it shares with Fernando Alonso could open the door for Tsunoda there.

Naturally, it will mean that Red Bull has no compulsion to keep Tsunoda on its books and the team may look to offload him. Aston Martin’s progress in recent years will also give Tsunoda the sense that he can perform better at a team where he is afforded more support.

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