“We told him a thousand times”: Strike 2 for Tsunoda as Marko loses patience following latest blip

Formula 1 talent hunter Helmut Marko has revealed that he is upset with AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda after his latest mishap at the Monaco street circuit.

The incident took place after Tsunoda ended up in the barriers around the circuit which led him to miss out on a major chunk of the second free practice session.

Yuki Tsunoda crashes into the barriers. Source: thesportsrush.com

Tsunoda had a bright start to the season as he scored points for his team on his Formula 1 debut in Bahrain. However, off-late, he has not been having the best time on the grid.

Barcelona all over again?

Even back in Barcelona, the Japanese missed out on Q2 which ultimately led him to retire. He was also unable to contribute to the points scored in both Imola or Portimao.

Marko, the person who is responsible for Tsunoda being in the sport in the first place, has shown his annoyance towards the Japanese driver yet again.

Yuki Tsunoda with Helmut Marko. Source: gpfans.com

“We told him a thousand times, it’s all about one thing in Monaco: making meters, making meters, making meters, he should really learn to show some discipline,” Marko said.

What did Tsunoda say?

Tsunoda, however, has defended his crash during the FP2 saying that it was not the worst that could have happened. He also went on to say that the track conditions were ever-changing which were responsible for the crash.

“So I think I didn’t push too much hard in entry, I think just lost the grip in the end,” Tsunoda explained.

“A lot of degradation there I think and a couple of gusts of wind (and) I lost completely the rear between Turns 15 and 16, and I just had to finish the session.

“I had two [sets of] softs for Saturday so I think it’s not the worst-case or the end of the world. Just, I have to prepare more for Saturday and try to put it all together.”

Yuki Tsunoda at a press conference. Source: formula1.com

While his teammate Pierre Gasly has been performing well, Tsunoda will have to up his game soon if he wants to remain in the Red Bull program.

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