The team AlphaTauri confirmed the young Japanese pilot Yuki tsunoda, the "rookie" of the 2020 season in the F2, as the new partner of the French Pierre Gasly for the next campaign in the World Cup F1.
Tsunoda, 20, is part of both the Red Bull Junior Team as of the Young Pilots Program de Honda and in this recently concluded season he finished third in F.2, which allowed him to qualify for the Super License for F.1.
The Asian, who will replace the Russian Daniil Kvyat, won in 2018 the Japanese Formula 4 Championship and made the leap to Europe in 2019 to compete in the F3, where he finished ninth, with three podiums and a victory. This year, with the team Carlin, climbed seven times to the drawer and this Tuesday he already rolled with the car of the team led by Franz tost in the test of Abu Dhabi. His arrival causes Japan to once again have a pilot on the World Cup grid, something that had not happened since 2014 with Kamui Kobayashi.
“Red Bull has been following Yuki's career for a while and I am sure he will be a great asset to our team. Seeing him in Formula 2 this year, he has shown the right combination of aggressive racing and good technical understanding. " Franz Tost admitted in an AlphaTauri statement.
The Principal Team believes that “his integration with Honda engineers has been perfect " and that in the Abu Dhabi test has already shown "Being a fast learner and ready to make the move to Formula 1."
“Like most racing drivers, my goal has always been to compete in Formula 1, so I am very happy with this news. I want to thank Scuderia AlphaTauri, Red Bull and Dr. Marko for giving me this opportunity, and of course, all Honda for all their support so far in my career, giving me great opportunities to race in Europe. "Tsunoda celebrated.
The Japanese pilot is clear that he will be in charge of "Carry hopes" from many Japanese Formula 1 fans next year. "I will do my best for them too.", Sentenció.