AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost and Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believe that Yuki Tsunoda should behave a little more calmly on the on-board radio. The gentlemen state that his fierce messages and name-calling is not good for him or for the team.
Tsunoda made his official Formula 1 debut with the AlphaTauri team in 2021. During the first weekend in Bahrain it became immediately clear that the Japanese has a temperamental character. Tsunoda usually does not mince words on the on-board radio and as a result his statements have to be regularly beeped by Formula 1.
Tsunoda admitted earlier this season that he is anything but proud of his on-board radios and sees them as a real weakness. His team boss agrees with him. “I’m going to ask him not to do that anymore,” Tost is quoted as saying by PlanetF1. “He can yell at himself without turning on his radio. It hurts him and it hurts his team,” explains his team boss. “You can tell him: please don’t say this, it’s not good for the team, be quiet. Then he closes the visor, gets in the car, has a problem and gets angry again.”
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Although Tost wants Tsunoda to calm down on the onboard radio, he emphasizes that he understands that it can be difficult to stay calm in the heat of battle. In addition, he believes that it is not bad at all for a driver to come out a little fierce. In fact, according to Tost, a driver even needs that every now and then.
Helmut Marko joins in
Helmut Marko is also very concerned about the young driver’s language. Marko thinks it could damage his reputation in his home country of Japan and is afraid that Tsunoda is not aware of this. “His language is not exactly Japanese. It gives him bad publicity in Japan. I’m not sure if he knows the meaning.”