Franz Tost says do not low cost Yuki Tsunoda for AlphaTauri’s 2023 group chief : PlanetF1

Franz Tost has downplayed Helmut Marko’s claims Nyck de Vries will probably be AlphaTauri’s group chief, saying crucial factor is that they’ve a “aggressive automotive”.

After that, the remaining will kind itself out.

Yuki Tsunoda can have a brand new team-mate subsequent season, Pierre Gasly on his method to Alpine with 2022 Italian Grand Prix star De Vries changing him.

However whereas De Vries has contested only one grand prix, Monza with Williams the place he was P9, he has expertise and success in different sequence having gained the 2019 Components 2 title and the 2020/21 Components E championship.

His previous achievements have Pink Bull advisor Marko saying De Vries would be the Faenza-based group’s chief.

“Completely,” he mentioned when requested the query. “Yuki remains to be younger and doesn’t have that have technically, so Nyck can lead the group.

“We’ll see the way it goes in observe subsequent yr, however judging by his expertise and persona Nyck ought to be the group chief.”

AlphaTauri group boss Tost isn’t so positive.

“This we’ll see,” mentioned the 66-year-old. “Yuki has extra Components 1 expertise. Nyck is somewhat bit older, has extra race expertise. He gained many races and championships.

“I believe crucial half is that we offer the drivers with a aggressive automotive. After which it’s simple for each of them to arrange the automotive and to carry out effectively.

“Who from these two drivers would be the quicker? This we’ll see. I don’t know but.

“I’m wanting ahead, as a result of each of the drivers have quite a lot of potential. Each of the drivers are quick. And I believe that we should always have a profitable season.”

Though De Vries will probably be with AlphaTauri subsequent season, Mercedes nonetheless ran him within the FP1 session on the Mexican Grand Prix, the second and final of the group’s two compulsory younger driver outings.

However already he’s making ready for all times with AlphaTauri, visiting the group’s manufacturing facility for a seat becoming in preparation for his run within the post-season Abu Dhabi check.

“I had quite a lot of contact with him,” mentioned Tost. “He was in Faenza, they made the seat.

“We at all times have some chats collectively. It’s very fascinating, crucial to know one another.

“I wish to combine him into the group as quick as attainable. And he’ll do for us the younger driver check in Abu Dhabi, the place he can grow to be extra aware of the automotive, with the group. After which we’ll see.

“We’ve got a very good programme for him in the course of the winter months to organize him in the very best means for 2023.”

Learn extra: F1 2023 driver line-up: Who’s confirmed for subsequent season’s grid?

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