AlphaTauri tell Yuki Tsunoda to stop ‘shouting in the radio’

Yuki Tsunoda will be looking to establish himself as the number one driver at AlphaTauri this season following Pierre Gasly's departure.

When he was brought into Formula 1 back in 2021 by AlphaTauri, Yuki Tsunoda initially struggled to adapt to life at the pinnacle of motorsport.

The Japanese driver made a flurry of mistakes right at the start of his F1 career as a result of pushing past him limits and could often be heard shouting and swearing over the team radio.

AlphaTauri chose to relocate their driver from Milton Keynes to Italy, a decision which saw Tsunoda’s performances improve drastically.

Pierre Gasly struck up a strong bong with Tsunoda during their two seasons together and following the Frenchman’s move to Alpine, Tsunoda will be looking to establish himself as the team leader at AlphaTauri.

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Tsunoda has now been told by AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost that he needs to rein in the shouting on the radio, urging him to concentrate on his driving.

“Yuki came into Formula 1, he was very young, and if something didn’t work as he expected then he showed his emotions. But it’s not only Yuki, it’s also the other drivers,” said Tost.

“I said to him it’s not so good. Not because of coming out with emotions, but it takes away concentration of energy from you during driving,

“He should be more concentrated on driving the car instead of shouting around in the radio. Because it does not help anybody.

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“You can say afterwards if something went wrong, but once in the car it happens [then] it’s happened. It’s gone, it’s past tense. Therefore, be concentrated on what’s going on. That’s much more important.

“I hope that he will realise this, because once more it takes away concentration. It takes away from going forward.”

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Tsunoda will be partnered with Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri this season and it has been suggested that there could be a power struggle within the team.

Whilst De Vries is technical a rookie, he is six years older than Tsunoda and has experience at Mercedes to add to his Formula 2 and Formula E titles.

With two years of F1 experience under his belt, Tsunoda will be hoping that a string of strong performances this season can allow him to establish himself as the team leader at AlphaTauri.