On Sunday, Yuki Tsunoda grew to become the 18th Japanese System 1 racer and the primary Japanese F1 points-scorer since Kamui Kobayashi. Within the newest Past The Grid podcast, Kobayashi offers his ideas on the Japanese rookie – and has some essential recommendation for the younger AlphaTauri charger…
Kobayashi’s closing season in System 1 got here with Caterham in 2014, however he made his F1 debut with Toyota in 2009, after which spent three seasons with Sauber – scoring an emotional podium at his house race at Suzuka in 2012.
He additionally has 4 podium finishes on the Le Mans 24 Hours, all with Toyota, and made a reputation for himself in F1 together with his swashbuckling type and expertise for overtaking – one thing which Tsunoda confirmed he additionally has in his locker in his debut Grand Prix in Bahrin on Sunday. On this week’s podcast Kobayashi reveals when he first met Japan’s latest F1 star – and what the 20-year-old might want to compete in motorsport’s prime tier.
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“He was good! I believe earlier than he joined Honda’s faculty he got here to Toyota’s faculty and I used to be instructing him,” stated Kobayashi of Tsunoda. “He was 14 or 15 years previous… I spoke with him generally. I spoke with him final month. I believe he can be good however simply [depends] how he matches and the way he has a very good match together with his automobile and the crew as effectively.”
The ex-F1 racer had extra pertinent recommendation for his younger compatriot, explaining why Tsunoda must “match the automobile” as he did to complete third general in final 12 months’s System 2 Championship.
“It seems like there’s huge help from Crimson Bull and the crew however I discover that [Pierre] Gasly is doing rather well at AlphaTauri. [Tsunoda] has a extremely powerful driver subsequent to him. It’s [important] that he matches with the automobile. He was good in F2 however in the event you have a look at F3 he was not very particular, so I believe he may be good if he matches the automobile.”
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Kobayashi added, jokingly, that Tsunoda wants one other piece of the puzzle to achieve F1. He stated: “I’m not nervous. I believe he can [perform] however he must have an excellent supervisor!”
The ex-Caterham racer defined what he meant by including: “Yeah [he needs manager] for future contracts as a result of for certain, he can have a very good consequence however he can have, perhaps, errors as effectively. With errors, he must have somebody to elucidate effectively to the crew. He wants a filter to handle himself.
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“If he’s nonetheless younger and he doesn’t have expertise in motorsport, he must know somebody who might help him to handle his thoughts and his quantity of confidence. It’s little question that with time he’ll be good at some point however it’s how he manages his picture with the crew, his model… in System 1. That is most vital, I really feel,” he added.
As for Kobayashi himself, he nonetheless holds the document for probably the most factors ever scored in F1 by a Japanese driver – and he’s additionally the person Sergio Perez credit for instructing him the darkish artwork of tyre administration.
Kobayashi discusses all of that and extra, together with the well-known first impression he made on Jenson Button in 2009, on this week’s podcast.
Hearken to the remainder of Kamui Kobayashi’s interview within the newest episode of Past The Grid within the participant above, on Spotify, or on Apple Podcasts.