Tsunoda must ‘get his feelings underneath management’ after penalties

Tsunoda grew to become the primary F1 driver to select up a grid penalty for accruing 5 reprimands in a single season when he was sanctioned for driving together with his seatbelts loosened briefly within the Dutch Grand Prix. 

It resulted in a 10-place grid drop for Monza, the place Tsunoda was hit with an additional three-place penalty for ignoring yellow flags throughout observe on Friday.

Though the drop was meaningless as AlphaTauri fitted his automobile with a contemporary energy unit, resigning him to the again of the grid, it pushed Tsunoda as much as eight penalty factors – 4 away from a race ban. 

Requested by Autosport about Tsunoda’s progress and any issues after his latest penalties, Tost praised the Japanese driver’s shows however acknowledged the necessity for him to tighten up on the incidents.

“His efficiency is rising – look to the qualifying in Zandvoort, look to FP1 in Monza. Within the automobile, he’s doing a extremely good job,” mentioned Tost.

“He has simply to get his feelings underneath management, and he should be extra disciplined, as a result of to disregard a yellow flag in FP2 is just not intelligent.

“I perceive that it is troublesome in qualifying, possibly generally within the race, however in a free observe session, you in any means have to simply accept yellow flags and must react within the appropriate means, which suggests it’s important to decelerate.”

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri

Picture by: Pink Bull Content material Pool

Three of Tsunoda’s 5 reprimands got here for incidents throughout free observe classes, when he held up Charles Leclerc in Bahrain, Sebastian Vettel in Australia and Kevin Magnussen in Monaco. He additionally acquired a reprimand in Australian Grand Prix qualifying for driving unnecessarily slowly.

Tsunoda felt he couldn’t management the conditions and famous the brand new F1 race administrators have been nonetheless “discovering the road” surrounding guidelines for impeding different vehicles, however was glad to reset the depend for his reprimands.

Tsunoda has failed to attain any factors for the reason that Spanish Grand Prix in mid-Could, however was unlucky to overlook out on the highest 10 at Zandvoort, the place he reached Q3 and was in competition for factors earlier than a differential problem compelled him to retire.

AlphaTauri is but to verify its full driver line-up for subsequent yr, with Tsunoda not too long ago saying that his future relying on “issues within the background”. 

Tost mentioned at Zandvoort he anticipated Tsunoda would stay a part of the staff’s line-up for subsequent yr, though it’s potential there can be a change within the second seat.

Amid curiosity from Alpine over Pierre Gasly for 2023, Pink Bull advisor Helmut Marko not too long ago met with Nyck de Vries, placing the Dutchman on the radar for a possible AlphaTauri drive if Gasly have been to go away. 

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