The Japanese Yuki Tsunoda will continue with the Alpha Tauri team in 2023, the Italian firm announced on its social networks. After first two seasons in Formula 1the 22-year-old driver convinced his leaders to keep him at the end of this 2022 season.
" Yuki is a very talented rider and has improved a lot this season. The pace he has shown recently is clear evidence of his progression curve, which proves he deserves a place in F1. [...] A driver needs at least three years to fully familiarize himself with Formula 1, so I'm glad he has time to show his full potential. “, declared Franz Tost, the boss of the Italian team.
The Nippon insisted on " warm thanks to Red Bull, Honda and Scuderia AlphaTauri for continuing to give me the opportunity to drive in F1. 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. »
It now remains to be seen who will accompany the Japanese driver in the second seat of Alpha Tauri. Also under contract until 2023 with the transalpine team, the French Pierre Gasly would be actively courted by Alpine with a view to next season, potentially leaving a vacancy in the second car.