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Tuesday's Formula 1 news roundup: Robert Kubica, Yuki Tsunoda, Kevin Magnussen

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest Formula 1 news on Tuesday, October 20.

Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest news regarding Formula 1 on Tuesday, October 20.

Tuesday morning's Formula 1 news roundup:


Kubica needs 'time' to make 2021 decision

Robert Kubica pictured on March 12, 2020© Reuters

Robert Kubica says he is not sure what his next move in the motor racing world will be.

The Pole made a sensational return to Formula 1 after eight years of serious injury for 2019, but lost his Williams seat at the end of the season.

For 2020, he took on a role as Alfa Romeo's official reserve, combining it with a full-time seat in the German touring car championship DTM.

But the 35-year-old has also struggled in DTM, even though he ended his podium drought at Zolder last weekend.

When asked how his prospects for 2021 are shaping up, Kubica said: "That is a difficult question.

"The DTM is changing its DNA a bit, but it still offers a high level of racing and I hope it stays that way. For myself, I have to see what is possible and what I would like to do.

"We have to wait, because corona has delayed everything a little and we still need some time to make our decision," he added.

Kubica was also asked to compare the Formula 1 he came back to last year and the one he left at the end of 2010, when just a few months later he sustained permanent injuries in a horror rally crash.

"The biggest change was probably the difference in approach between qualifying and the race," he told the Dutch publication Formule 1.

"In the past, that difference was not that big. You could push. The car was 130 kilos lighter, with much less fuel on board instead of having fuel for the entire race like now. That difference is huge," he said.

"Now, slowing down is sometimes the fastest way to get to the finish, as paradoxical as that may sound," Kubica added. "It's now about controlling yourself more, which is unnatural.

"In the other classes you have to get the most out of it, but in Formula 1 you sometimes have to do less to get a good result."


Tsunoda on track for 2021 Alpha Tauri seat - Marko

Red Bull's Helmut Marko pictured in July 2020© Reuters

Dr Helmut Marko has confirmed that Yuki Tsunoda is on course to make his Formula 1 debut in 2021.

It is an open secret that the 20-year-old Japanese, a F2 frontrunner promoted by both Honda and Red Bull, is a leading candidate to move onto the grid next year with Alpha Tauri.

He recently had a seat fitting ahead of his forthcoming post-Imola GP test, which will give him the 300kms of running that qualifies him for a super licence.

When asked about whether any Red Bull junior drivers are ready to enter F1, Marko told Sky Deutschland: "There is only one candidate and that's Yuki Tsunoda.

"He should drive for Alpha Tauri. All he has to do is obtain the necessary amount of points for a super license," Marko added.

As for the senior Red Bull team, Marko continues to insist that Alex Albon will remain Max Verstappen's teammate "if he can continue to develop and progress".

"In fast corners he is at Verstappen's level, there are only a couple of corners where he loses a lot of time.

"But if you don't know when and where this happens, then this is a factor of uncertainty that we cannot afford when we are fighting for the title," said Marko.

"If Albon does not live up to expectations, we will have to look outside our team and then Perez and Hulkenberg come into play."



More news from Formula 1:

Haas to assess Ferrari engine situation in 2021
Haas will assess whether to remain Ferrari-powered during the course of the 2021 season, team boss Gunther Steiner has admitted. Read more.

Marko hopes Aston Martin treats Vettel fairly
Dr Helmut Marko says he hopes Aston Martin treats Sebastian Vettel fairly in 2021. Read more.

F1 exit '99.9% likely' for Magnussen - insider
Another F1 insider has chimed in to consider Kevin Magnussen's next move. Read more.

Zandvoort not confirming leaked 2021 calendar
The promoter of the Dutch GP has played down reports suggesting Zandvoort has been assigned a firm date on the Formula 1 calendar for 2021. Read more.

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