AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda was the sensation of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, but the old-school Imola circuit made him look like the rookie he is. In Bahrain he took two points on his debut and felt aggrieved he’d not started somewhere towards the front of the grid, only an over-optimistic choice of trying to get through Q2 on medium tyres for a better race strategy preventing that.
Until then he appeared to have a small but consistent edge over highly-rated team-mate Pierre Gasly.
Tsunoda is much more than just another Honda-backed driver. Red Bull sees him very much as its next Verstappen and he’s been fast-tracked into F1 after a single season of F2.