Yuki Tsunoda made his F2 debut with Carlin Motorsport this 12 months and had a implausible rookie season, which helped his promotion to Formula 1 with AlphaTauri, changing Daniil Kvyat.
Part of Honda’s Junior driver program, Yuki Tsunoda will race alongside Pierre Gasly at AlphaTauri
Formula 2 racer Yuki Tsunoda has been confirmed to make his Formula 1 debut with the Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda crew within the 2021 marketing campaign. The announcement was a long-awaited one and formally confirms Daniil Kvyat’s exit from the crew with Tsunoda stepping in his place. The Japanese driver, a part of Honda’s Junior driver program, can be becoming a member of Pierre Gasly within the crew subsequent 12 months. Tsunoda made his F2 debut this 12 months alongside Jehan Daruvala at Carlin Motorsport and makes a direct bounce to F1 after a single season. With Tsuonoda’s entry, Formula 1 will see a Japanese driver on the grid for the primary time in almost a decade since Kamui Kobayashi.
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Speaking on his bounce to F1, Yuki Tsunoda stated, “Like most racing drivers, it has always been my goal to race in Formula 1, so I am very happy with this news. I want to thank Scuderia AlphaTauri, Red Bull, and Dr. Helmut 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 realize 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.”
Franz Tost, Team Principal of Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda stated, “Red Bull has been following Yuki’s career for a while now 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 1.”
Tsunoda had a implausible rookie season in F2 and took three wins, 4 podium finishes, and completed third general within the drivers’ standings on the finish of the 12 months. Although he began sluggish, he steadily moved up when it comes to efficiency and completed third, only one level behind runner-up Callum Ilott. This ensured that he had sufficient F1 tremendous license factors to maneuver as much as the head of single-seater racing. He additionally gained a fame for his wonderful tyre administration and obtained the Anthoine Hubert Award on the finish of the season, which matches to one of the best ‘Rookie of the Year’.
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Tsunoda additionally has prior expertise of driving an F1 automotive and accomplished a take a look at in November this 12 months in a 2018 automotive. He has additionally taken half within the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi with AlphaTauri. Given how Red Bull Racing features, Tsunoda may see a promotion to the A crew from AlphaTauri becoming a member of Max Verstappen sooner or later. However, that may depend upon how the motive force performs and if he is ready to replicate his wonderful kind from F2. Apart from Tsunoda, F2 drivers Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher may even make their F1 debuts subsequent season driving for the Haas F1. Meanwhile, Callum Ilott can be becoming a member of Scuderia Ferrari as a take a look at driver subsequent 12 months.