Formula 1 | Official: Tsunoda extends at AlphaTauri for 2023


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While many rumors surround a possible departure of Pierre Gasly and his replacement by Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri, the Italian team has confirmed that Yuki Tsunoda will continue to defend his colors in 2023.

The Japanese is rather irregular despite a good burst of speed and with Honda’s hindsight, the question arose as to whether he was going to continue in the team. But the manufacturer seems to be well and truly involved in these transactions, since it obtains the thanks of the pilot and the team.

« I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Red Bull, Honda and Scuderia AlphaTauri for continuing to give me the opportunity to drive in F1 » said the main interested party. « Having moved to Italy last year, to be closer to the factory, I really feel part of the team and I’m happy to be able to continue racing with them in 2023. »

“Of course, our 2022 season is not over yet and we are still fighting hard in the midfield battle, so I am fully focused to finish it strong and then we will look to next year. « 

Tost salutes the progress of its driver

AlphaTauri director Franz Tost is happy to be able to count on Tsunoda for another year, when the Japanese could become the team leader if Gasly leaves for Alpine F1, as rumor has it at this time. moment.

“As we have seen since he joined us last year, Yuki is a very talented driver and has improved a lot this season” Tost said. « The pace he has shown recently is clear evidence of an impressive learning curve, proving he deserves a place in F1. »

« I still expect good results from him in the last six races of 2022. As I always say, a driver needs at least three years to become fully familiar with Formula 1, so I’m happy that he has time to show its full potential. »

« Furthermore, it is thanks to Dr. Marko and his driver program that we are able to bring these young talents up from the junior categories and develop them. I would like to join Yuki in thanking Red Bull and AlphaTauri, as well than Honda, for their continued support. »



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