Fans of the hit Netflix series Drive to Survive can look forward to more appearances from Yuki Tsunoda after the Japanese driver was confirmed in AlphaTauri’s line-up for 2023.
The Red Bull junior was one of the stars of series four which aired on the streaming service on the eve of the 2022 F1 season. One episode focused on his maiden season in the sport and showed him living in Milton Keynes, where the Red Bull team is based.
Tsunoda is less than complimentary about the Buckinghamshire town, calling it the “most boring place in the world”. While that was a harsh assessment, it was backed up by one of the show’s talking heads, F1 broadcaster Will Buxton, who jibed: “Not even people who live in Milton Keynes want to live in Milton Keynes.”
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In another segment, he is filmed having a pub meal with his trainer. Tsunoda has a plate of fish, chips and mushy peas in front of him – a meal not normally associated with F1 athletes – and asks, ‘what’s this?’.
His trainer replies: “It’s mushy peas.” Tsunoda tries the peas and, after initially looking dubious, eventually gives them the thumbs up.”
In another scene, just before he is about to have a massage, he tells his trainer “I want to go for a poo”. When he returns from the toilet, he reports “that was a nice poo”.
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In another clip, he tells AlphaTauri teammate Pierre Gasly that he “did a big fart” while the Frenchman describes Tsunoda as an “interesting character” and a “good entertainer”.
Tsunoda is also shown running in Faenza, Italy, where AlphaTauri are based, and admits: “I don’t like training but I just have to survive it.”
The 22-year-old's habit of unleashing foul-mouthed radio rants in the car saw him labelled a "problem child" by Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko earlier this year. But Tsunoda has improved enough in his second season to convince them to keep him at AlphaTauri for a third year.
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