Tsunoda sees Vettel as Marko’s successor: ‘I think this is a fantastic idea’

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Several experts would like to see Sebastian Vettel return as team boss in Formula 1. Yuki Tsunoda, however, thinks that the four-time world champion in the premier class of motorsport would be better suited to the role of advisor. According to the AlphaTauri driver, it would therefore not be such a strange idea if Vettel were to take over Helmut Marko’s place at Red Bull Racing in the future.

Vettel hung up his helmet after 2022, but since then there has been frequent talk of a return of the German to Formula 1, in whatever capacity. Some would like to see the former world champion make a comeback, as Fernando Alonso did, while others would like to see him return to the role of team boss. However, Tsunoda says in the Beyond the Grid podcast that he is thinking of another position for Vettel.

When asked if Vettel would be a good team boss for AlphaTauri, he replies that he would find this “very interesting”. However, the Japanese is thinking of a different role for Vettel. ‘For example, he could also do what Helmut (Marko, ed.) Is now doing with the Red Bull juniors. If Helmut decided to do something else, I think Sebastian (Vettel, ed.) Would also be very good at guiding the Red Bull talents. I think he has a better chance of taking Helmut’s position or supporting Helmut. I think this is a fantastic idea. He has only recently retired and in fact he is one of the most successful drivers in Formula 1.’

Vettel knows how to name important points

What makes Vettel the right person to take over the role from Marko, according to Tsunoda? ‚ÄúSebastian is, in my opinion, very good at touching on the important points. He always did this last year during the debrief after the races and qualifications. He always mentioned the points where we could improve in terms of, for example, the circuit, curbs and other things. He was always the first driver to raise his hand to offer an idea. So Sebastian would definitely fit the role of Helmut. Being a team boss is something completely different’, concludes Tsunoda.

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