The young boy Yuki Tsunoda, talent of the Red Bull driver academy outbreak, has recently been confirmed in Formula 1 next season alongside Pierre Gasly, thus taking over from Kvyat. The Japanese has proved capable of a good season in Formula 2, also conquering some successes and we at f1motogp.com had the opportunity to interview him exclusively!
NOTE: The interview was conducted towards the end of November, any inconsistencies in the results cited are due to this.
Q: “First of all, in such a difficult time, how are you?”
YT: “Yes, I’m fine, I’m pretty much as usual, practically the same since the beginning of the year, I certainly know that the situation is difficult, but I also believe that (sporty speaking ed) the situation is pleasant: I’m third in the Championship, with a win and a second place, I hope to continue doing my best as usual “
Q: “How do you see yourself within the world of Formula in the next few years (Yuki still didn’t know he was promoted to Alpha Tauri)”
YT: “I think I have a good improvement every year, every race, since the beginning of my career in Formula up to now, especially in these two years. The first time I came to Europe to drive a Formula 3 was a lot difficult, especially at the beginning, to have only two sessions to prepare for the race, a free practice session and qualifying, it is really difficult and I think this has helped me to become as fast as possible in the shortest time available. Of course this does not happen always, at Mugello and in Hungary I had two of my worst races, in both cases it was my mistake that compromised the possibility of taking home some points, I was certainly disappointed, but these races have helped me to be still stronger. The team has always supported me and I am very grateful to them. “
Q: “Having tested a Formula 1 car (in Imola ed) how different was it from driving a Formula 2 car you are used to?”
YT: “Basically I found two huge differences that exist between Formula 1 and Formula 2 cars. The first is the power, the acceleration you feel when exiting the corners which is much more powerful than Formula 2. Despite the wet conditions (remember that Yuki Tsunoda tested the Formula 1 single-seater at Imola in the aftermath of the Formula 1 race on wet track conditions ed) I found the same amount of power, indeed perhaps even more, compared to the Formula 2. The second point is the brakes: much more powerful than those of Formula 2, you know in wet conditions it is really difficult to balance braking, but the Formula 1 cars stop so quickly that you basically manage to brake as if it was dry out there! It was truly an amazing experience for me! “
CONTINUE ….. Please stay tuned tomorrow for the second part of the interview and share it if you liked it!