Yuki Tsunoda signs 2023 AlphaTauri contract

Yuki Tsunoda will remain in Formula 1 with AlphaTauri for another year, the Italian team has confirmed.

Part of Red Bull’s young driver program and supported by engine supplier Honda, Tsunoda is currently in his second season in AlphaTauri. His future in F1 after the end of the season was in doubt earlier this year, but he has been seeking a contract extension with AlphaTauri for several weeks.

“I want to say a huge thank you to Red Bull, Honda and Scuderia AlphaTaur for continuing to give me the opportunity to drive in F1,” Tsunoda said. “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 isn’t over yet and we’re still pushing hard in the midfield battle, so I’m fully focused on finishing it on a high and then we look forward to next year.”

AlphaTaur Team Principal Franz Tost added: “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 make Formula 1- , so I’m glad he’s been given the time to show his full potential.”

Earlier this year, AlphaTauri announced that Pierre Gasly would remain with the team for another season, but he has since been linked with a move to Alpine. The latest announcement did not mention that Gasly would be Tsunoda’s teammate in 2023.

Red Bull originally hoped to sign American Colton Herta as Gasly’s replacement, but the IndyCar driver has not met the points threshold required for an F1 super license and is therefore unlikely to get a place on the F1 grid.

Dutch media have recently linked Nyck de Vries, who scored points on his F1 debut with Williams earlier this month, with a move to AlphaTaur, which in turn could free up Gasly to move to Alpine. But after an impressive performance at the Italian Grand Prix, de Vries is also in the running for Alpine and Williams.