AlphaTauri retains Tsunoda for 2023 F1 season

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Yuki Tsunoda will continue to race in F1 for AlphaTauri in the 2023 season, the company has revealed.

Tsunoda, 22, made his F1 debut with AlphaTauri in 2021, and going into the next year, it was widely believed that the team would keep him for a third season.

The Japanese driver claimed at the end of last month that “things in the background” will determine his future, but AlphaTauri confirmed on Thursday that he would be continuing with the team till 2023, dispelling any uncertainty.

“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,” said Tsunoda in a statement.

“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.”

Tsunoda’s recent performances, in the words of team principal  Franz Tost, “clearly evidence of a high learning curve, which demonstrates he deserves a seat in F1,” and a third season would be crucial to his advancement.

“As I always say, a driver needs at least three years to fully get to grips with F1, so I’m pleased he’s been given the time to show his full potential,” said Tost.

“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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