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Yuki Tsunoda (角田 裕毅 in Japanese; born 11 May 2000) is a Japanese racing driver, set to make his debut in the FIA Formula One World Championship for AlphaTauri in 2021.[1] A member of the Honda Formula Dream Project as well as the Red Bull Junior Team, Tsunoda graduated to F1 after claiming the Anthoine Hubert Award in the 2020 Formula 2 Championship.[2]


Background[]

Tsunoda began his career in karting in his native Japan, joining the JAF Junior Karting Championship in 2010.[3] Progressing through the various classes each year, Tsuonda graduated to single-seaters in 2016, obtaining a late-season entry in the F4 Japanese Championship.[3] After obtaining a debut podium, Tsuonda was handed a full season seat in F4 Japan for 2017.[3]

Honda Heroics: 2017-2019[]

Joining the Honda Formula Dream Project in 2017, Tsunoda had an impressive maiden campaign in F4 Japan, securing third in the Championship while also winning the East category.[4][3] Honda duly kept him in Japanese F4 for 2018, and were rewarded as their young protege scored seven wins and the Championship title.[3] That prompted Honda's new Formula One partners Red Bull to sign Tsuonda at the end of the season, with the Japanese youth moving to Europe as a member of the Red Bull Junior Team.[5][3]

For 2019 Tsunoda would complete a dual programme in the FIA Formula 3 Championship and the Euroformula Open Championship alongside other RBJT members.[3] The Japanese racer duly finished fourth in the latter series with a single win, while also securing ninth in F3, while also driving to eleventh in the famed Macau Grand Prix at the end of the season.[3] 2020 would see Tsunoda get a run in the Toyota Racing Series, claiming a single win en-route to fourth in the Series.[3]

Carlin Call: 2020[]

Tsunoda moved into the FIA Formula 2 Championship with Carlin, with the Japanese racer signing a deal with the British squad for the 2020 season.[2] It proved to be an impressive debut season for Tsunoda, with the Japanese racer claiming three victories in a late charge to third in the Championship, a result which also earned him the Anthoine Hubert Award for best rookie.[2]

Formula One Career[]

During the 2020 F2 season rumours regarding Tsunoda taking a race seat with AlphaTauri for the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship circulated, despite the fact that the Japanese racer had yet to obtain an FIA Super Licence.[6] After securing the necessary points via his third place finish in the 2020 F2 Championship, Tsunoda was duly unveiled as the second driver for AlphaTauri-Honda for the 2021 season, partnering Pierre Gasly.[1] His promotion was widely thought to have been at the behest of AlphaTauri's engine supplier's Honda, despite the fact that they had announced that they were leaving F1 at the end of 2021.[1]


Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One Record[]

Year Entrant Team Pts WDC Pos. Report
Youth Career
2017 - Honda Formula Dream Project
2019 - Red Bull Junior Team
Senior Career
2020 Italy Scuderia Alpha Tauri Honda AlphaTauri-Honda Test Driver
2021 Italy Scuderia Alpha Tauri Honda AlphaTauri-Honda 18 14th Report

Career Statistics[]

Correct as of the 2021 Russian Grand Prix qualifying

Entries 15
Starts 13
Pole Positions 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 18
Laps Raced 681
Distance Raced 3239 km (2013 mi)

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Pts Pos
2021 Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of Emilia-Romagna.png Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Styria.png Flag of Austria.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Russia.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of None.png Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 18 14th
9th 12th 15th Ret 16th 7th 13th 10th 12th 10th 6th 15th Ret DNS


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 James Galloway, 'Yuki Tsunoda confirmed by AlphaTauri to replace Daniil Kvyat for F1 2021', skysports.com, (Sky UK, 16/12/2020), https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12471/12163866/yuki-tsunoda-confirmed-by-alphatauri-to-replce-daniil-kvyat-for-f1-2021, (Accessed 16/12/2020)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 'TSUNODA EARNS F2 PROMOTION WITH CARLIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 10/01/2020), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2020/01_January/Tsunoda-earns-F2-promotion-with-Carlin/, (Accessed 04/03/2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 'Yuki Tsunoda', driverdb.com, (Driver Database, 2020), https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/yuki-tsunoda/, (Accessed 12/03/2020)
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