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BREAKING NEWS: Tsunoda Joins Alpha Tauri

He will replace Kvyat for 2021.

“Red Bull has been following Yuki’s career for a while now and I am sure he will be a great asset to our team,"

Franz Tost

Yuki Tsunoda has been officially announced as an Alpha Tauri Formula 1 driver as he joins the grid alongside teammate Pierre Gasly next year.

The 20 year old will be replacing Daniil Kvyat - it is not yet known what role, if any, Kvyat will have with the team. It was long suspected that Tsunoda would be joining Formula 1 in 2021 due to the ties that Red Bull have with Honda.

Tsunoda, who only arrived in Europe two years ago after racing exclusively in Japan, has made rapid progress through the junior formulas after winning the F4 Japanese Championship in 2018.

He finished ninth in his first Formula 3 campaign the following year, with one win and two further podiums to his name. Yuki then made waves in Formula 2 with seven podiums – including two victories.

Yuki has been driving impressively in Formula 2 this year as well and he finished the Championship in third place overall, just one point behind Callum Ilott.

He will become the first Japanese driver to race in F1 since Kamui Kobayashi, who last competed in the sport in 2014 with Caterham.

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Comments (9)

  • Very excited to see Yuki on the grid next season however I can’t help but feel disappointed for Kvyat losing his seat. He hasn’t put a foot wrong all season and took some decent results home for AlphaTauri

      2 months ago
    • Yuki is such a fast driver, can't wait to see what he can with the Alpha Tauri.

      I feel a little bad for Kvyat because he's a decent driver but I think one of the reasons Yuki was chosen over him is because Yuki performs more consistently than...

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        2 months ago
    • It would be nice to see AlphaTauri build on this season and show more of a presence in the midfield battle for 2021. I agree, the Gasly/Tsunoda pairing will be one to watch next year.

        2 months ago
  • Not a big surprise as driver announcements go, Kyvat has been improving this season but seemingly only after he knew his seat was seriously under threat, if he can drive as he has done lately why not do it all year? I forecast some exciting moments next season when Yuki comes to pass (lap?) Mazepin in the Haas...

      2 months ago
  • Big freakin' upgrade on the part of Tsunoda-kun! Now to see what he can do with a better car.

      2 months ago