Motor racing: Tsunoda to remain at AlphaTauri for third season in 2023

Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda will race for AlphaTauri for a 3rd season in 2023, the Crimson Bull-owned System One workforce mentioned on Thursday.

The Honda-backed 22-year-old is at the moment sixteenth within the championship with 11 factors from 16 races, half the variety of factors scored by workforce mate Pierre Gasly.

“Having moved to Italy final yr, to be nearer to the manufacturing unit, I actually really feel a part of the workforce and am glad that I get to hold on racing with them in 2023,” Tsunoda mentioned in a press release.

“In fact, our 2022 season isn’t over but and we’re nonetheless pushing arduous within the midfield battle, so I’m totally centered on ending it on a excessive after which we are going to sit up for subsequent yr.”

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Crew boss Franz Tost mentioned Tsunoda has improved quite a bit this yr and had proven “clear proof of a steep studying curve, which proves he deserves a seat in F1”.

“I nonetheless anticipate some sturdy outcomes from him within the final six races of 2022,” he added. “As I all the time say, a driver wants not less than three years to totally become familiar with System One, so I’m happy he’s been given the time to indicate his full potential.”

AlphaTauri even have Gasly underneath contract for subsequent yr however the skilled Frenchman’s scenario stays unsure as a key determine within the driver market.

Renault-owned Alpine have been involved in signing him as a alternative for double world champion Fernando Alonso, who’s becoming a member of Aston Martin, however Crimson Bull will solely let Gasly go if there’s a sturdy various.

American Colton Herta was one such candidate however the IndyCar driver lacks the obligatory super-licence.

Dutch driver Nyck de Vries, who completed ninth on his debut with Williams at Monza as a stand-in for Alex Albon this month, has additionally been speaking to each Alpine and Crimson Bull.

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