Now, Coronel believes that his compatriot may have had a better chance in the sport, if the Faenza-based team's early-season performances had been consistent with their late-season form.
“He performed immediately, but in those races things could have also gone well for Nyck," he told Formule1.NL.
"He just needed a little more time than he got. I am absolutely convinced that everything would have turned out fine for him. Let's not forget that the car he got was a sh**house on wheels.
“He does theory first, then practice. A talent, a raw driver, like Max Verstappen or Oscar Piastri, does exactly the opposite. But that is also because Nyck has always been a test driver, in retrospect for too long.
"And finally, let's not forget that Yuki Tsunoda is seriously fast. It's better than most think. He was in his third year, fought for his last chance and rode with the knife between his teeth. You don't just drive a boy like that away.”
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