F1 Expert Disapproves AlphaTauri Choosing Yuki Tsunoda Over This Driver as Daniel Ricciardo’s Teammate

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2023 was a really eventful 12 months for AlphaTauri, who have been pressured to alter their driver line-up a number of occasions. First, Daniel Ricciardo got here again to switch Nyck de Vries and when the previous injured himself, Liam Lawson got here in as a short lived substitute. In the tip, nonetheless, AlphaTauri determined to go forward with Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda as their drivers for 2024, regardless of Lawson’s unimaginable displaying, filling in for Ricciardo. This doesn’t sit proper with F1 knowledgeable and analyst Karun Chandhok.

Tsunoda has been part of AlphaTauri since 2021. His first two years have been underwhelming, however he picked up massively in 2023, which even led to rumors of Red Bull contemplating his providers. His good performances couldn’t land a Red Bull seat for him, however the Japanese driver will proceed with AlphaTauri in 2024 too, alongside a hungry Daniel Ricciardo.

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Chandhok, nonetheless, feels that Lawson is best than Tsunoda. He believes that the one cause the Faenza-based staff selected Tsunoda over the New Zealander was because of sponsorship causes. As per F1 Maximaal, Chandhok stated:

“There are, after all, business causes, I perceive why they needed to maintain Yuki, however you marvel if Daniel and Liam wouldn’t have been the extra optimum line-up for them by 2024.”

Another cause why Chandhok desires Lawson to associate up with Ricciardo is as a result of he is aware of how tough it’s to step up from the function of a reserve driver.

Why Liam Lawson ought to associate up with Daniel Ricciardo

Chandhok feels that Lawson ought to associate up with Ricciardo as a result of the Red Bull junior was higher than Tsunoda within the few races he took half in. In addition to that, the New Zealander additionally stepped up promptly to the very uncommon alternative, when Ricciardo injured his hand in Zandvoort.

Chandhok, from his private expertise, remembers how tough it’s to carry out on the highest stage when the staff abruptly calls upon the reserve driver. Lawson had probabilities to point out that he belonged on the highest stage, in F1, and as per the Indian former driver, he did simply that.

Furthermore, Lawson acquired to know that he wouldn’t be a driver in 2024, proper earlier than the qualifying spherical in Singapore. Still, he stored his head, confirmed how good he was, and defeated Tsunoda that weekend.

All these components compel Chandhok to disapprove of AlphaTauri’s resolution to decide on Tsunoda over Lawson. However, there might be a gap for him in F1, if Sergio Perez underperforms and will get sacked by Red Bull’s predominant staff as this might probably result in Daniel Ricciardo’s promotion.

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