AlphaTauri signed a contract with Yuki Tsunoda – in 2021, the Japanese racer will develop into Pierre Gasly’s accomplice …
Yuki has been a member of the Pink Bull youth program for a number of years, this yr he competed in Components 2 and took third place on the finish of the season, having obtained sufficient factors for an excellent license.
Subsequent yr, Tsunoda will develop into the primary Japanese in Components 1 since 2014, when Kamui Kobayashi was in Caterham.
Franz Toast, Group Chief: “Pink Bull has supported Yuki’s profession for a number of years, I’m certain he shall be an actual asset for our staff. I watched his performances in Components 2 this yr, he confirmed the suitable mixture of aggression on the monitor and a very good understanding of technical points.
On assessments in November in Imola, piloting our 2018 automotive, he confirmed very secure lap instances throughout a simulated race, progressed via the day and supplied our engineers with full suggestions. He additionally had an excessive amount of interplay with Honda engineers, which additionally helped. In assessments in Abu Dhabi this week, he proved that he learns shortly and is able to take a step in direction of Components 1. “
Yuki Tsunoda: “Like many racers, since childhood I dreamed of competing in Components 1 – and I used to be glad to listen to this information. I need to thank Scuderia AlphaTauri, Pink Bull and Dr. Marco for giving me the chance, and naturally everybody at Honda for supporting my profession in permitting me to compete in Europe.
I need to thank the groups for which I raced, particularly Carlin – I discovered so much with them this yr. I perceive that subsequent season the hopes of many Japanese followers shall be pinned on me – I’ll do my finest to make them come true! “