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Yuki Tsunoda

Scuderia AlphaTauri
Nationality jpn Japanese
Birthplace Sagamihara
Date of birth 11/05/2000 (23 yr.)
F1 debut 2021, Bahrain

F1 season 2023

WC Position 14
Races 20
WC points 13.0
Victories 0
Podiums 0
Pole positions 0

F1 career

World titles 0
WC points 57
Races 62
Victories 0
Podium places 0
Pole positions 0

Yuki Tsunoda endured mixed fortunes in his second F1 season with AlphaTauri in 2022. The Japanese driver will face a new challenge in the form of newcomer Nyck de Vries 2023, in what could prove to be a crucial year for his future.

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Personal information

Name Yuki Tsunoda
Team AlphaTauri
Date of Birth May 11, 2000
Place of Birth Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan
Height 1.59m
Weight 54kg
Nationality Japanese
Race Number 22

Biography of F1 driver Yuki Tsunoda

Despite his young age, Yuki Tsunoda was tipped as a name to look out for in the world of Formula 1 after a meteoric rise through the ranks.

The Japanese driver made up for a slow start in F3 by impressing in his debut Formula 2 campaign, finishing third in the championship behind Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott. Nevertheless, it was enough to earn him a call up to F1 with AlphaTauri.

Will a move to Red Bull happen in the future? Time will tell, but in the meantime, here is everything you need to know about Yuki Tsunoda.

			© Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images
	© Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images

Tsunoda's karting career

Tsunoda began his karting career in 2010, joining the JAF Junior Karting Championship before moving to the regional class in 2013 and the national class the following year.

Honda Formula Dream Project and single-seater debut

In 2016, Tsunoda became a member of the Honda Formula Dream Project, as well as making his single-seater debut in the F4 Japanese Championship.

Driving for the Sutekina Racing Team at a one-off event in Suzuka, Tsunoda finished second in his first race and followed that up with fourth in the second event. He started his first full season in the series in 2017, along with competing in the regional East series of the JAF F4 Japanese Championship. Tsunoda took home the regional championship while finishing third in the national Formula 4 championship, both while racing for Honda.

Tsunoda continued with the Honda Formula Dream Project in 2018, taking the Japanese F4 crown thanks to seven wins.

Formula 3 and Euroformula Open

After Honda struck a deal to supply Red Bull with engines in F1, Tsunoda joined the Red Bull junior team while keeping his ties to Honda. From there the Japanese driver partnered with Jenzer Motorsport for the newly announced FIA Formula 3 Championship, finishing ninth in the series after taking three podium finishes and a win.

The racing didn't end there for Tsunoda, though, as he also competed in the Euroformula Open Championship for Motopark, claiming the maiden championship due to a win at the second race in Hockenheim.

			© Getty Images/Red Bull Contentpool
	© Getty Images/Red Bull Contentpool

F2 and F1 with AlphaTauri

Honda announced that Tsunoda would drive for Carlin in the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2020, where he claimed three wins, four poles and seven podiums. This helped Tsunoda to finish third in the championship with 200 points.

His performances garnered much attention, with AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost announcing that Tsunoda would drive for the team at the end-of-season rookie test in Abu Dhabi. Another test followed at Imola in January 2021, with Tsunoda eventually replacing Daniil Kvyat at the outfit for the 2021 F1 season.

Alongside Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, Tsunoda was one of three rookies to step up to the top category and appeared to have the best start of them all at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. The Japanese driver scored points on his debut with a P9 finish after qualifying in 13th.

However, a run of difficult race weekends followed, with one of the worst being the Spanish Grand Prix. After a Q1 exit in qualifying, Tsunoda made comments questioning whether he had the same equipment as teammate Pierre Gasly, though later apologised for the remarks.

Tost made the decision to move Tsunoda to Italy from the UK in order to more closely supervise the youngster ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. This appeared to pay off, with Tsunoda scoring his first points since Bahrain in Baku.

At the eventful Hungarian Grand Prix, Tsunoda recorded his best finish of the year by that stage with a P6 finish. There were still some incidents, though, with a clash occuring in Italy's Sprint race with the Alfa Romeo of Robert Kubica. Tsunoda was unable to start Sunday's main Grand Prix due to brake issues.

The next points result for Tsunoda came at the United States Grand Prix, before the Japanese driver claimed his best ever result in Formula 1 by ending the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in fourth place, a result perhaps overshadowed by the controversial ending to the title battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

Overall, Tsunoda took 14th position in the World Championship standings with 32 points.

			© Red Bull Contentpool/Getty Images
	© Red Bull Contentpool/Getty Images

Flashes of pace, but unrealised potential in 2022

AlphaTauri continued with their lineup into 2022, with the Italian team hoping Tsunoda could start matching Gasly's points output on a regular basis.

His season started with promise, and he scored points in three of the first six events, which included a luckless weekend in Saudi Arabia where he was ruled out of the race altogether with power unit issues.

However, a twelve-race scoreless run put the pressure back on the Japanese driver, who wasn't helped by clumsy incidents, which included a crash at the pit exit of the Canadian Grand Prix, and a collision with his teammate at the British Grand Prix.

A P10 finish at the US Grand Prix broke the streak, but it would be the only point he would score across the final 16 races of the season, and Tsunoda trailed Gasly once again in the points standings.

A crucial year in 2023

With Nyck de Vries heading to AlphaTauri in 2023, Tsunoda is now unable to hide behind any 'junior' label, and will be under increased pressure to prove himself as the leading candidate for a Red Bull seat, should one become available.

Can Tsunoda fend off the Dutch threat and assert himself as the number one driver at the team?

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