Yuki Tsunoda: AlphaTauri retains Japanese driver for third F1 season in 2023

Yuki Tsunoda will remain with AlphaTaur through 2023 after improving in his second season; Pierre Gasly is also under contract for next year, but his future is up in the air and Alpine are interested; Nyck de Vries could join AlphaTaur

Last updated: 22/09/22 9:09

Yuki Tsunoda stayed with AlphaTaur for the next season.

The 22-year-old Japanese driver will make his third stint with sister team Red Bull after making his Formula 1 debut in 2021.

The identity of Tsunoda’s 2023 team-mate remains uncertain, with current driver Pierre Gasly linked with Alpine.

Dutchman Nyck de Vries, who stood in for Alex Albon at Monza last round, is said to be a possible replacement for Gasly if the Frenchman leaves AlphaTauri.

F1 contracts: who will drive where in 2023?

Red Bull Max Verstappen Sergio Perez
Ferrari Charles Leclerc Carlos Sainz
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton George Russell
Alpine Esteban Ocon TB
McLaren Lando Norris Oscar Piastri
Alfa Romeo Valtteri Bottas TB
Haas Kevin Magnussen TB
Aston Martin Fernando Alonso Lance Stroll
Alpha Tauri Pierre Gasly Yuki Tsunoda
Williams Alex Albon TB

Tsunoda, who has three top-10 finishes this season and a career-best fourth at last year’s final in Abu Dhabi, said: “I want to say a massive thank you to Red Bull, Honda and Scuderia AlphaTaur for continuing to give me the opportunity to drive in Formula 1 .

“I’ve moved to Italy last year to be closer to the factory, I really feel part of the team and I’m delighted to continue racing with them in 2023.

“Of course our 2022 season is not over yet and we are still pushing hard in the midfield battle so I am fully focused on finishing it on a high and then we look forward to next year.”

Tsunoda is 16th in the standings with 11 points compared to Gasly’s 22 points.

Pictures have emerged of a young Yuki Tsunoda celebrating a race win in style.

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Pictures have emerged of a young Yuki Tsunoda celebrating a race win in style.

Pictures have emerged of a young Yuki Tsunoda celebrating a race win in style.

AlphaTaur Team Principal Franz Tost said: “As we have seen since he joined us last year, Yuki is a very talented rider and has improved a lot this season.

“His recent pace is clear evidence of a steep learning curve that proves he deserves a place in F1 and I still expect strong results from him in the final six races of 2022.

“As I always say, a driver needs at least three years to fully understand Formula 1, so I’m glad he’s been given time to show his full potential.”