Yuki Tunoda will stay at Alpha Tauri for a third season in Formula 1 next year, the team has confirmed.
Red Bull and Honda Junior make their first World Championship appearance with the team after an impressive rookie Formula 2 campaign in 2020.
He started his first F1 season by finishing ninth at the Bahrain Grand Prix, but a crash at the next Imola event knocked his confidence and he went four races without scoring.
In the year He finished the year in a record fourth place at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, taking points on seven occasions in the 2021 season, the best result for a rookie Toro Rosso/Alfatori driver.
Tsunoda’s sophomore campaign ended with three points in the first six grands prix, but his and his team’s form has declined since then. He is placed 16th in the championship standings with 11 points.
“I am truly grateful to Red Bull, Honda and Scuderia AlphaTauri for giving me the opportunity to drive in F1,” said Tsunoda.
“After moving to Italy last year, I feel part of the team to be closer to the factory and I’m happy to start racing with them in 2023. Of course, our 2022 season is not over and we’re still pushing hard in the midfield battle, so I’m fully focused on finishing at the top and then We look forward to next year.
Alfatauri’s announcement of the 2023 contract did not mention the identity of Sunoda Group’s partner. Pierre Gasly is under contract with the outfit for next season but rumors suggest he could be let go early to replace Fernando Alonso at Alpine.
“As we have seen since he joined us last year, Yuki is a very talented driver and has improved a lot this season,” said Alfatauri team principal Franz Tost.
“His recent pace is clear evidence of a steep learning curve, which confirms he deserves a seat in F1, and I still expect some strong results from him in the last six races in 2022. As I always say, it takes a driver. At least three years to fully capture F1, so he can reach his full potential.” I’m glad it was given time to show.
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