Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has expressed his unhappiness with AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda.
Tsunoda has shown glimpses of promise this season, and has had the pace at times to match his reputation in Formula 2. However, the general consensus about the Japanese F1 rookie is that he is a short-tempered hothead with a mistake in him.
Marko expressed his unhappiness with that trait of Tsunoda’s. Speaking to Red Bull-owned publication Speedweek, Marko gave his thoughts on the same.
“Hmmm, the head is not only there to put on the helmet, but also to think,” Marko said.
Marko, however, said he would refrain from doing a complete assessment until the end of the season. With AlphaTauri yet to confirm their driving line-up for next season, Tsunoda still has the chance to impress his superiors. Marko affirmed the same, saying that the second half of the season can still be the opportunity for the Japanese driver.
“He’s young, with a lot of Japanese mentality, but he makes mistakes when they are not necessary at all, like in a first training session. But it will be fine. He still has time,” Marko said.
Marko may have been reserved about Tsunoda, but he was all praises for his teammate Pierre Gasly. The Frenchman has improve his game significantly after being demoted from the Red Bull A-team. In fact, his performances have been so consistent that he is linked with a return to the Red Bull seat to partner Max Verstappen.
Marko announced that Red Bull would reveal who Verstappen’s teammate will be after the summer break. Gasly is the favourite for a new name, but current driver Sergio Perez can also retain it. Whatever that is, Marko assured that Gasly will not be leaving the Red Bull family.
“To clarify, we have an optional contract on Gasly’s services until 2023, which we will also use. All other rumours are nonsense,” Marko said.
“He is definitely driving his strongest season. And he is extremely important as team leader for AlphaTauri, the team has become a top team in midfield,” he concluded.