Tsunoda should 'pack his little bag and go home' – Coulthard

Former F1 driver David Coulthard is unimpressed with AlphaTauri rookie Yuki Tsunoda and believes the Japanese driver won't... The post Tsunoda should 'pack his little bag and go home' – Coulthard appeared first on F1i.com.

Tsunoda should 'pack his little bag and go home' – Coulthard

Former F1 driver David Coulthard is unimpressed with AlphaTauri rookie Yuki Tsunoda and believes the Japanese driver won't survive in F1 beyond next season.

The Channel 4 commentator was astounded by Tsunoda's comments that followed the confirmation by AlphaTauri of the 21-year-old's presence on the grid with the Italian outfit in 2022.

At Monza, Tsunoda told the media that being handed a second season came as a surprise given his inconsistent results and multiple crashes during the first half of the 2021 campaign.

"From my side I was a bit surprised I'll be staying next year," he said. "I kept crashing and spend [cost] a lot of money for the team. It was not on a good way to end the first half of the season."

While some would perhaps consider Tsunoda's bold honesty as refreshing, an unsympathetic Coulthard offered a scathing view on the young driver's attitude.

"What planet is he from? I think he should pack his little bag and go home now, because that is not the voice of a racing driver," said Coulthard on Channel 4.

"‘I’m shocked they could retain me because I keep crashing’. I’d book a plane ticket now and get it nice and cheap, because he won’t be in Formula 1 beyond the end of next year."

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Like AlphaTauri teammate Pierre Gasly, Tsunoda was denied at the outset an opportunity to improve his track record at Monza after last-minute technical issues incredibly sidelined both drivers on the grid in Italy.

Team boss Franz Tost undeniably remain a believer in Tsunoda, arguing that the rookie is still a work in progress in terms of refining his skills and building his experience.

"Yuki continues to learn every day," said the Austrian. "The feedback from the engineers shows he is absorbing all the information given to him and improving.

"As a rookie, Yuki is only at the beginning of this journey, so it’s good that he can continue what we’ve started together."

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Webber: Piastri facing uncertain future despite 'extraordinary CV'

Mark Webber says his protégé Oscar Piastri, who currently leads the FIA Formula 2 Championship, is at risk... The post Webber: Piastri facing uncertain future despite 'extraordinary CV' appeared first on F1i.com.

Webber: Piastri facing uncertain future despite 'extraordinary CV'

Mark Webber says his protégé Oscar Piastri, who currently leads the FIA Formula 2 Championship, is at risk of seeing his climb up the motorsport ladder suddenly stall.

Piastri, a member of Alpine's junior program and the reigning FIA Formula 3 champion, has surpassed expectations in his maiden season in F1's feeder series.

If the Aussie wins the F2 title this year, it would be a remarkable achievement for the 20-year-old, but also one that would come with a relative drawback for the young talent.

"It’s a bit of a headache because he can’t race [if he wins in F2], because he’s got more superlicence points than he needs; so extraordinary CV for such a young guy," Webber told Channel 4 at the Italian Grand Prix.

"But of course he can’t race in Formula 2 if… There is still a long way to go, he hasn’t got the championship, he’s doing well but of course we have to see how he goes in that.

"But he can’t race in that championship next year, so then it has to be a brilliant programme.

"I think the preparation to get him testing, prepared for a race seat in 2023 has to be the goal.

"He’s putting a lot of pressure on them [Alpine] to find options for him in the future, the seats are tightening up, as we are seeing now the market is very much alive at the moment, or coming to a bit of an end."

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Webber believes that the talent pool under F1 is swelling, but with opportunities to race at the pinnacle of motorsport few and far between, an unfortunate glut is forming leaving drivers with nowhere to go, unless some of F1's older residents leave the grid.

“The sport is in safe hands with some of that young blood, but there are still more Leclercs and Georges and Landos in this paddock, but they’re not going up next year," Webber explained.

"And that’s what we have still got to work on, we still have to filter out some of the enthusiasm and passion for some of the drivers that are here, and get that fresher blood in.

"Because they can join the great crop that is there already."

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