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Official: Tsunoda to race for AlphaTauri

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16/12/2020

AlphaTauri has officially announced that Tsunoda will partner Pierre Gasly for the 2021 season.

Tsunoda is part of both the Red Bull Junior Team and the Honda's Young Driver Programme and finished third in this year's Formula 2 Championship driving for Carlin.

That result means the 20-year-old from Kanagawa, Japan, qualifies for a Formula 1 Super License.

After winning the F4 Japanese Championship in 2018, he moved to Europe the following year to compete in the newly-formed FIA Formula 3 Championship, ending the season in ninth position with three podiums and a win.

He graduated to Formula 2 for 2020 and enjoyed a successful season, amazing seven podiums, two Feature Race victories and a Sprint Race win.

He recently covered 300 kilometres in a 2018 Formula 1 car during a test at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari Circuit in Imola, as well as driving for us at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi on 15 December. The last time a Japanese driver raced in Formula 1 was when Kamui Kobayashi took part in the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The last Japanese driver to race in Formula 1 was Kamui Kobayashi, while the last Honda-supported driver in the category was Takuma Sato, who competed in F1 from 2002 to 2008.

"Red Bull has been following Yuki's career for a while now," said FRanz Tost, "and I am sure he will be a great asset to our team.

"Watching him in Formula 2 this year, he has demonstrated the right mix of racing aggression and good technical understanding. During the test in Imola in November when he drove our 2018 car, his lap times were very consistent over a race simulation, he progressed throughout the day and gave our engineers useful feedback.

"In addition, his integration with the Honda engineers has been seamless, which certainly helps. At the test in Abu Dhabi this week, he proved to be a fast learner and that he is ready to make the step to Formula One."

"Like most racing drivers, it has always been my goal to race in Formula 1," added Tsunoda, "so I am very happy with this news. I want to thank Scuderia AlphaTauri, Red Bull and Dr. Marko for giving me this opportunity, and of course everyone from Honda, for all their support so far in my career, giving me great opportunities to race in Europe.

"I must also thank the teams that I have raced with to get to this point, particularly Carlin, with whom I have learned so much this year. I realise that I will be carrying the hopes of a lot of Japanese F1 fans next year and I will be doing my best for them too."

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1. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 17/12/2020 17:30

"Very good news.
This guy is very quick.
He certainly caught my attention on Friday practice in January at Highlands for the first TRS round.
I was at point 1 where the cars go through a bus stop and enter the Southern Loop.
Tsunoda was "on it" pretty much straight away and pushing the limit of the car and more than once I was staggered that he managed to keep it off the wall and come out the other side of the loop (you can see the cars go in but not in the loop due to the trees).
During lunch I did manage to pass that on to Tsunoda, who just sort of shrugged.
He just got faster and the rest of 2020 is history and now he has a good future ahead, if the results keep coming.

On another note, does Gasley have the car development / setup experience to drive the team forward?
I mean, up until 2021 there has been the young Gasley paired up with a very experienced team mate.
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2. Posted by Burton, 16/12/2020 10:14

"Good news, it is fully deserved. I think Tsunoda and Shwartzmann showed more in one season than Schumacher and Ilott in two."

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3. Posted by kenji, 16/12/2020 8:19

"Tsunoda is fast and aggressive however he will soon find that F1 is very different to F2 and that he'll be facing formidable competition. Kvyat upped his game but it was all to no avail as the Honda link was too strong. Will be really interesting to see the Tsunoda/Gasly competition on track and i expect that there will definitely be some friction there as each driver seeks to exert the right to be leader. Another reason to look forward to '21."

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