Tsunoda told by Marko to 'focus on F1'
Nov.6 - Dr Helmut Marko blocked Yuki Tsunoda from contesting a recent junior series race so that the Japanese can focus on Formula 1.
This week at Imola, Tsunoda collected the 300 kilometres he needs for a super license and looks set to make his Friday practice debut in Bahrain.
"If I do the practice in Bahrain, it's a pretty tight schedule driving both (Formula 1 and Formula 2) cars," Tsunoda said after the Imola test.
"There's a big difference between F1 and F2 so it's going to be a challenging weekend. I don't know if I am doing it yet but if I do, it will be a big challenge for me."
Marko has hinted that Tsunoda will definitely debut next year if he qualifies for a super licence, and that also involves staying in the top five in F2 this season.
"I set my goal at the beginning of the season so I don't feel much extra stress about that," the Japanese insists.
However, to narrow Tsunoda's focus on Formula 1, Marko recently blocked him from doing a race in the Euroformula Open series at Spa.
"Carlin invited me to do it so when I asked Helmut he said 'No, focus on F1'. He didn't have any advice, I was just told to focus on achieving the 300 kilometres at Imola," Tsunoda said.
But when asked if he is excited about potentially becoming Japan's next F1 driver, he admitted: "If I race next year I definitely want to experience Suzuka in front of the fans.
"If I can race in front of Japanese fans, I think it will be the most enjoyable race of my life."
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