AlphaTauri retain Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda for the 2023 Method One season

AlphaTauri retain Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda for the 2023 Method One season… regardless of a tough second marketing campaign having failed to attain factors in his final ten races

  • AlphaTauri have introduced that Yuki Tsunoda will keep on for the 2023 season
  • The Japanese driver will enter his third yr with the Crimson Bull sister workforce 
  • Tsunoda has struggled this yr in an underperforming AlphaTauri automobile
  • He’s at the moment lined as much as companion Frenchman Pierre Gasly for the workforce 

AlphaTauri have confirmed that Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda will get a 3rd yr with the workforce as he has been stored on for the 2023 Method One season. 

The 22-year-old joined the Crimson Bull sister workforce at the beginning of 2021 and has scored 43 factors in that point, with a greatest race end of fourth finally yr’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 

Regardless of a troublesome second season, wherein he has failed to attain some extent since Could’s Spanish Grand Prix, he’ll get a 3rd yr with the Italian outfit.

Yuki Tsunoda has been kept on by Red Bull sister AlphaTauri for his third season in F1

Yuki Tsunoda has been stored on by Crimson Bull sister AlphaTauri for his third season in F1

Talking of his new deal, he mentioned: ‘I need to say an enormous thanks to Crimson Bull, Honda and Scuderia AlphaTauri for persevering with to offer me the chance to drive in F1.

‘Having moved to Italy final yr, to be nearer to the manufacturing facility, I actually really feel a part of the workforce and am glad that I get to hold on racing with them in 2023. 

‘In fact, our 2022 season is not over but and we’re nonetheless pushing arduous within the midfield battle, so I am totally centered on ending it on a excessive after which we’ll sit up for subsequent yr.’

Workforce boss Franz Tost added: ‘As we have seen since he joined us final yr, Yuki is a really proficient driver and has improved lots this season. 

Tsunoda has endured a difficult second year in the sport with AlphaTauri underperforming in comparison to last season

Tsunoda has endured a tough second yr within the sport with AlphaTauri underperforming compared to final season

‘The tempo he has proven not too long ago is obvious proof of a steep studying curve, which proves he deserves a seat in F1, and I nonetheless count on some sturdy outcomes from him within the final six races of 2022. 

‘As I all the time say, a driver wants not less than three years to completely become familiar with Method 1, so I am happy he is been given the time to indicate his full potential.’

Tsunoda began the 2022 season off strongly with three factors finishes inside the primary six races – with a season greatest seventh on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Since then although he has failed to attain some extent, with extra skilled team-mate Pierre Gasly scoring 22 factors this season compared to Tsunoda’s 11.

The workforce although have struggled for tempo beneath the brand new rules and are at the moment eighth on 33 factors – in comparison with final yr which they scored 142 factors and completed sixth.

He's currently set to partner Pierre Gasly (left) though the Frenchman is reportedly the source of interest by Alpine who are looking to recruit a replacement for Fernando Alonso

He is at the moment set to companion Pierre Gasly (left) although the Frenchman is reportedly the supply of curiosity by Alpine who wish to recruit a substitute for Fernando Alonso

The announcement means AlphaTauri at the moment has an entire line-up for 2023 after revealing again in June that Pierre Gasly could be staying in Faenza.

However with Gasly attracting curiosity from Alpine as a substitute for Aston Martin-bound Fernando Alonso, Crimson Bull is thought to be exploring choices for the second seat at AlphaTauri subsequent yr.

Crimson Bull advisor Helmut Marko met with 2019 Method 2 champion Nyck de Vries in Austria final week to debate a attainable drive for 2023 after his spectacular show on his debut on the Italian GP.

They’re mentioned to have given up although on making an attempt to signal IndyCar race winner Colton Herta as he couldn’t get hold of a superlicence.

Crimson Bull has made clear it would solely launch Gasly to Alpine if it has one other driver in place to take the seat alongside Tsunoda. 

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