Yuki Tsunoda has a good chance of an F1 seat for 2021, but must first get his super license. The Japanese reveals that obtaining this certificate is of great importance, because otherwise he will have to drive in Japan again.
Tsunoda is an important member of the Red Bull Racing training program. The 21-year-old Japanese is doing excellent business in Formula 2 and is almost certain of a place in the AlphaTauri team, provided he manages to get his super license. To obtain his super license, he will have to finish at least fifth in the final classification. Tsunoda is currently in third place in the Formula 2 championship and therefore seems to be well on his way to Formula 1. However, anything can happen, as the rankings are very close together. Nevertheless, the Japanese has a lot of confidence in his ability.
“In Japan, I was confident enough in myself to perform and be competitive. I had never raced in Europe in my life and had no experience,” Tsunoda said. F1.com. “Helmut Marko told me that if I became a Red Bull junior, I had to be competitive with the other drivers in F3.” Still, the Japanese didn’t think too much about his results at first. “I was just pushing hard and waiting to see how it went.”
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The turning point for the Red Bull junior was the race weekend at Spa in 2019. “We lost Anthoine Hubert that weekend tragically and he played a big part in my results afterwards. The day after his accident, I took my first podium of the season.” He says that this was the moment when Helmut Marko slowly but surely began to be impressed.
“Helmut told me that I had to do well this season and that I had to be fifth in order to get my super license. He said that if I was fifth I would qualify to drive in Formula 1. But also that if I did. didn’t mean that I would have to drive in Japan again, “said the Red Bull junior.
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