Japanese Formula 1 driver Yuki Tsunoda will also be a member of the AlphaTauri team next season. Tsunoda joined AlphaTauri at the start of the 2021 season and spent two years alongside teammate Pierre Gasly. He won 43 points, 32 of which last season, and his best finish was in the race for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year, when he crossed the finish line in fourth.
“I want to say a huge thank you to Red Bull, Honda and Scuderia AlphaTauri for continuing to give me the opportunity to drive in F1. Having moved to Italy last year, to be closer to the factory, I really feel part of the team and am glad that I get to carry on racing with them in 2023.
Of course, our 2022 season isn’t over yet and we’re still pushing hard in the midfield battle, so I’m fully focused on finishing it on a high and then we will look forward to next year”. Of the other 12 races, Tsunoda only finished in the top 10 three times—Bahrain, Imola, and Spain.
He currently has 11 points.
Franz Tost added: “As we’ve seen since he joined us last year, Yuki is a very talented driver and has improved a lot this season. The pace he has shown recently is clear evidence of a steep learning curve, which proves he deserves a seat in F1, and I still expect some strong results from him in the last six races of 2022.
As I always say, a driver needs at least three years to fully get to grips with Formula 1, so I’m pleased he’s been given the time to show his full potential. In addition, it’s a testament to Dr. Marko and his driver program that we’re able to bring these young talents up from the junior categories and develop them.
I’d like to join Yuki in thanking Red Bull, AlphaTauri as well as Honda, for their continuous support and for allowing him to stay with us for another year”. It is not yet known who will be the teammate of the 22-year-old Japanese.
AlphaTauri and Red Bull pointed out that they are ready to let Gasly go if they find an adequate replacement, and the solution could be IndyCar driver Colton Herta if he gets a super license.