Tsunoda retained by AlphaTauri for 2023
Yuki Tsunoda will stay with AlphaTauri for the 2023 season, although he should still have a brand new teammate when coming into his third 12 months in System 1.
The Japanese driver progressed quickly by way of the junior classes to safe a race seat at AlphaTauri in 2021, ending his rookie season with a formidable fourth place in Abu Dhabi. After three point-scoring finishes in his first 5 begins this 12 months, Tsunoda has failed to attain for the reason that Spanish Grand Prix however AlphaTauri says it has seen sufficient development to warrant retaining him for 2023.
“I wish to say an enormous thanks to Crimson Bull, Honda and Scuderia AlphaTauri for persevering with to present me the chance to drive in F1,” Tsunoda stated. “Having moved to Italy final 12 months, to be nearer to the manufacturing unit, I actually really feel a part of the staff and am glad that I get to hold on racing with them in 2023. In fact, our 2022 season isn’t over but and we’re nonetheless pushing arduous within the midfield battle, so I’m totally targeted on ending it on a excessive after which we’ll look ahead to subsequent 12 months.”
AlphaTauri staff principal Franz Tost says all younger drivers ought to get three years in the event that they present potential, and desires Tsunoda to begin to ship on that within the remaining rounds this 12 months.
“As we’ve seen since he joined us final 12 months, Yuki is a really gifted driver and has improved loads this season,” Tost stated. “The tempo he has proven not too long ago is evident proof of a steep studying curve, which proves he deserves a seat in F1, and I nonetheless anticipate some robust outcomes from him within the final six races of 2022.
“As I all the time say, a driver wants no less than three years to completely become familiar with System 1, so I’m happy he’s been given the time to indicate his full potential. As well as, it’s a testomony to Dr. (Helmut) Marko and his driver program that we’re capable of convey these younger abilities up from the junior classes and develop them.
“I’d like to affix Yuki in thanking Crimson Bull and AlphaTauri, in addition to Honda, for his or her steady assist and for permitting him to stick with us for an additional 12 months.”
Whereas Tsunoda supplies stability at AlphaTauri, there’s uncertainty over his teammate. Pierre Gasly was introduced as staying earlier this 12 months, however has since been courted by Alpine and a deal is known to be provisionally agreed for him to go away if Alpine selects him and AlphaTauri traces up a alternative.
That alternative was meant to be Colton Herta however Tremendous License points have all however ended these hopes, with Nyck de Vries receiving curiosity after his spectacular debut for Williams at Monza.
Gasly — or any reference to the second seat — was not talked about within the AlphaTauri announcement concerning Tsunoda.