BREAKING NEWS: Tsunoda to make F1 Debut at Imola

He could become the first Japanese driver in F1 since 2014.

β€œHe has the natural speed, he has the skills and the rest, we will see.”

Franz Tost

Yuki Tsunoda is to test for AlphaTauri in a 2018-spec car at Imola after the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. The 20-year-old, who is also part of the Red Bull junior programme, is sitting in third place at the moment in the 2020 Formula 2 Championship behind Callum Illot and Mick Schumacher. If he finishes in third by the end of the season, he will have enough super licence points to earn a Formula 1 Super Licence.

It's also been rumoured that he will replace Daniil Kvyat at Alpha Tauri in 2021, partnering current rising star Pierre Gasly, who won the Italian Grand Prix back in September.

Last month Honda announced they would withdraw from Formula 1 at the end of the 2021 campaign, which raised questions about Tsunoda’s racing future, given he is also a member of the Honda Formula Dream Project. But this doesn't seem to have impacted on Tsunoda's future in F1, not yet at least.

The 300km shakedown will take place on Wednesday November 4. This could also mean that Yuki gets a chance to take part in a Friday Practise session later on in the 2020 Formula 1 season. Tsunoda will also take part in a post-Abu Dhabi young driver test at Yas Island. The Japanese driver is a fan favourite and known for some excellent racing, especially in the current Formula 2 season. The prospect of him joining the F1 grid in 2021 is an exciting one.

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  • It seems a given that he is getting the second seat at Alpha Tauri so only logical that they start ramping up his F1 experience, maybe this is also political to keep Honda on board in some way...

      6 months ago
    • Whatever the motive, I'll be glad to see him in an F1 car. He'd be great during races next year, especially with how good their car is at the moment.

        6 months ago