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F1 | AlphaTauri retain Yuki Tsunoda for 2023

The 22-year-old has been rewarded for improved performances this year.

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F1 | AlphaTauri retain Yuki Tsunoda for 2023
Fuente imagen: Scuderia AlphaTauri

Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda has been confirmed for a third season at AlphaTauri in 2023.

The 22-year-old has taken a step forward this year and got much closer to Pierre Gasly in qualifying. He trails the Frenchman 6-10 with six races to go. 

Due to AlphaTauri's lack of competitiveness this year compared to 2021, plus some bad luck in Baku, Tsunoda finds himself only P16 in the championship with 11 points. 

The identity of Tsunoda's teammate remains unknown, although the most possibility at present is Nyck de Vries joining him next year. Current teammate Pierre Gasly looks set to join Alpine to replace Fernando Alonso. 

Yuki Tsunoda said: “I want to say a huge thank you 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 am glad that I get to carry on 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 will look forward to next year.”

Franz Tost added: “As we’ve seen since he joined us last year, Yuki is a very talented driver and has improved a lot this season. The pace he has shown recently is clear evidence of a steep learning curve, which proves he deserves a seat in F1, and I still expect some strong results from him in the last six races of 2022. As I always say, a driver needs at least three years to fully get to grips with Formula 1, so I’m pleased he’s been given the time to show his full potential. In addition, it’s a testament to Dr. Marko and his driver programme that we’re able to bring these young talents up from the junior categories and develop them. I’d like to join Yuki in thanking Red Bull and AlphaTauri, as well as Honda, for their continuous support and for allowing him to stay with us for another year.”

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