Yuki Tsunoda secures 2023 AlphaTauri contract

Yuki Tsunoda will stay in Formula One with AlphaTauri for an additional 12 months, the Italian staff has confirmed.

Tsunoda, who is part of the Red Bull younger driver programme and backed by engine provider Honda, is presently in his second season at AlphaTauri. His future in F1 past the top of the season had been questioned earlier this 12 months, however he has regarded locked on for a contract extension at AlphaTauri for a number of weeks.

“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,” Tsunoda mentioned. “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 is not over but and we’re nonetheless pushing exhausting within the midfield battle, so I’m totally targeted on ending it on a excessive after which we are going to sit up for subsequent 12 months.”

AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost added: “As we have seen since he joined us final 12 months, Yuki is a really proficient driver and has improved so much 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 One, so I’m pleased he’s been given the time to show his full potential.”

Earlier this 12 months, AlphaTauri introduced that Pierre Gasly would additionally stay on the staff for an additional season, however he has since been linked with a transfer to Alpine. There was no point out of Gasly being Tsunoda’s teammate for 2023 within the newest announcement.

Initially Red Bull hoped to signal American Colton Herta as Gasly’s substitute, however the IndyCar driver has not met the required factors threshold to acquire an F1 superlicence and is due to this fact unlikely to be eligible for a spot on the F1 grid.

Dutch Media has just lately linked Nyck de Vries, who scored factors on his F1 debut with Williams earlier this month, to a transfer to AlphaTauri, which in flip might unencumber Gasly to modify to Alpine. However, following his spectacular efficiency on the Italian Grand Prix, de Vries can be within the body for drives at Alpine and Williams.

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