Tsunoda uncertain of moving into Gasly’s footwear as group chief immediately

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Gasly appears poised to depart AlphaTauri and the Purple Bull household on the finish of the 12 months amid curiosity from Alpine as a alternative for Fernando Alonso.

Talks are ongoing between Purple Bull and Alpine concerning the phrases of Gasly’s launch, however the deal hinges on whether or not IndyCar race winner Colton Herta will be signed as a alternative and a doable exemption for an FIA superlicence. 

Ought to he be retained by AlphaTauri for subsequent season and be joined by Herta, Tsunoda would enter the marketing campaign because the Italian outfit’s most skilled driver.

Requested by Motorsport.com if he felt able to main the group have been he to race alongside somebody with out F1 expertise, Tsunoda replied: “In fact, it is going to be onerous.

“Pierre at all times provides good high quality suggestions even when the group is struggling, and I discovered numerous issues from him.

“I wouldn’t count on straightaway to have the ability to carry out or give the suggestions to the group immediately like Pierre. However presently I’m studying as a lot as doable from him.

“Nonetheless, there’s numerous room I can be taught from him. Presently, we face it the identical means, simply develop the automobile as a lot as doable, to have extra constant tempo by the race week.”

Yuki Tsunoda, Scuderia AlphaTauri

Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photographs

AlphaTauri introduced again in July that Gasly could be remaining with the group for 2023, however has not given any formal indications of Tsunoda’s future.

AlphaTauri group principal Franz Tost stayed coy when discussing driver plans over the Dutch Grand Prix weekend, saying its line-up for subsequent 12 months could be Gasly and Tsunoda “at this second.”

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Though Tost stated Purple Bull would nonetheless want to verify that Tsunoda would stay at AlphaTauri subsequent 12 months, he stated the Japanese teenager may lead the group “if the automobile is sweet sufficient.”

Tsunoda has not scored any factors because the Spanish Grand Prix again in Might, however has seen numerous alternatives go by as a consequence of reliability points or dangerous luck in latest weeks.

Whereas the indications have been he’ll stay with AlphaTauri in 2023, Tsunoda stated at Spa that it trusted “issues within the background”, and that every one he may do was “give attention to myself and make the outcomes.”

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