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Yuki Tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda Scuderia AlphaTauri.jpg
Tsunoda in 2021
Born (2000-05-11) 11 May 2000 (age 21)
Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityJapan Japanese
2021 teamAlphaTauri-Honda
Car number22
Entries10 (10 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points10
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry2021 Bahrain Grand Prix
Last entry2021 British Grand Prix
FIA Formula 2 Championship career
Debut season2020
Car number7
Former teamsCarlin
Starts24 (24 entries)
Wins3
Podiums7
Poles4[a]
Fastest laps2
Best finish3rd in 2020
Previous series
2020
2019
2019
2016-18
Toyota Racing Series
FIA Formula 3 Championship
Euroformula Open Championship
F4 Japanese Championship
Championship titles
2018F4 Japanese Championship
Awards
2020Anthoine Hubert Award

Yuki Tsunoda (Japanese? , Tsunoda Y?ki; born 11 May 2000) is a Japanese racing driver who is racing for Scuderia AlphaTauri in Formula One. Supported by Honda since 2016 through the Honda Formula Dream Project [ja], he was the 2018 Japanese F4 champion and in 2019 also received backing from Red Bull.[2] He finished third in the 2020 Formula 2 Championship and made his Formula One debut in 2021 for AlphaTauri, a team owned by Red Bull and using Honda engines.

Career

Karting

Tsunoda was born in Sagamihara, Kanagawa, and started his professional karting career in 2010 joining the JAF Junior Karting Championship, moving to the regional class in 2013 and to the national class in 2014.[3]

2016-2018: Japanese Formula 4

In 2016, Tsunoda graduated from Honda's Suzuka Circuit Racing School [Ja] in the advanced formula class and became a member of the Honda Formula Dream Project [ja].[4] In the same year he made his single-seater debut in the F4 Japanese Championship with the Sutekina Racing Team for a one-off event in Suzuka. He claimed his first podium with 2nd in the first race, and finished 4th in the second race.

In 2017, Tsunoda started his first full season of single-seater racing in the F4 Japanese Championship while also contesting in the regional East series of the JAF F4 Japanese Championship.[5] Tsunoda won the title of the regional championship while finishing third in the national Formula 4 championship.[6] He contested both championships with Honda.[7]

Tsunoda continued to race in Japanese F4 in 2018 with the Honda Formula Dream Project team. Tsunoda claimed the title amassing seven wins.

2019: FIA Formula 3 and Euroformula Open

Tsunoda racing at the 2019 Spielberg Formula 3 round

With Honda tying up with Red Bull in Formula One, Tsunoda also joined the Red Bull junior team alongside the Honda programme.[2] At the end of 2018, Tsunoda was announced to join Jenzer Motorsport in the newly announced FIA Formula 3 Championship.[8] He finished 9th in the championship with three podiums and a win,[6] scoring all of the Jenzer team's points during the season.

Tsunoda also competed for Motopark in the Euroformula Open Championship, following the cancellation of Formula European Masters.[9] After a second place finish in the first race at Paul Ricard and achieving third place in the Pau Grand Prix, Tsunoda claimed his maiden championship win in the second race at Hockenheim.[10][11][12]

2020: FIA Formula 2 Championship

In the beginning of 2020, Honda announced that Tsunoda will join Carlin to race in the FIA Formula 2 Championship.[13] During the 2020 season he took three wins, four pole positions, seven podiums and finished 3rd in the championship with 200 points.[14]

Formula One

In August 2020, Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda Formula One team principal Franz Tost announced that Tsunoda would drive for the team in the end-of-season rookie test at Abu Dhabi in December 2020.[15] He had his first drive in a 2018-spec car at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy.[16] He again tested Formula One machinery at Imola in January 2021, but this time, he drove an AlphaTauri-liveried Toro Rosso STR14, Toro Rosso's 2019 car.[17]

AlphaTauri (2021)

He replaced Daniil Kvyat at the team for the 2021 season.[18] His car number is 22, previously used by Jenson Button.

At the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix Tsunoda finished in ninth.[19] After the race, Ross Brawn, Formula One's technical director, hailed Tsunoda as "F1's best rookie for years".[20]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2016 F4 Japanese Championship Sutekina Racing Team 2 0 0 0 1 30 16th
2017 F4 Japanese Championship Honda Formula Dream Project 14 3 4 1 6 173 3rd
2018 F4 Japanese Championship Honda Formula Dream Project 14 7 8 4 11 245 1st
2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship Jenzer Motorsport 16 1 0 1 3 67 9th
Euroformula Open Championship Motopark 14 1 0 3 6 151 4th
Macau Grand Prix Hitech Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 11th
2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship Carlin 24 3 4[a] 3 7 200 3rd
Toyota Racing Series M2 Competition 15 1 0 0 3 257 4th
2021 Formula One Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 10 0 0 0 0 10* 14th*

* Season still in progress.

Complete F4 Japanese Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate points for the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 DC Points
2016 Sutekina Racing Team OKA
1
OKA
2
FUJ1
1
FUJ1
2
SUG
1
SUG
2
FUJ2
1
FUJ2
2
FUJ2
3
SUZ
1

2
SUZ
2

4
MOT
1
MOT
2
MOT
3
16th 30
2017 Honda Formula Dream Project OKA
1

3
OKA
2

1
FUJ1
1

11
FUJ1
2

5
AUT
1

9
AUT
2

2
SUG
1

5
SUG
2

Ret
FUJ2
1

1
FUJ2
2

4
SUZ
1

1
SUZ
2

3
MOT
1

8
MOT
2

4
3rd 173
2018 Honda Formula Dream Project OKA
1

Ret
OKA
2

1
FUJ1
1

1
FUJ1
2

1
SUZ
1

1
SUZ
2

1
FUJ2
1

2
FUJ2
2

3
SUG
1

3
SUG
2

1
AUT
1

8
AUT
2

11
MOT
1

1
MOT
2

2
1st 245

Complete FIA Formula 3 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate points for the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2019 Jenzer Motorsport CAT
FEA

10
CAT
SPR

9
LEC
FEA

7
LEC
SPR

9
RBR
FEA

16
RBR
SPR

11
SIL
FEA

14
SIL
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

9
HUN
SPR

6
SPA
FEA

6
SPA
SPR

2
MNZ
FEA

3
MNZ
SPR

1
SOC
FEA

12
SOC
FEA

25+
9th 67

+ Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete Macau Grand Prix results

Year Team Car Qualifying Quali Race Main race
2019 United Kingdom Hitech Grand Prix Dallara F3 2019 21st 16th 11th

Complete Toyota Racing Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 DC Points
2020 M2 Competition HIG
1

5
HIG
2

1
HIG
3

4
TER
1

11
TER
2

7
TER
3

3
HMP
1

7
HMP
2

16
HMP
3

3
PUK
1

4
PUK
2

7
PUK
3

4
MAN
1

9
MAN
2

7
MAN
3

6
4th 257

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate points for the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2020 Carlin RBR
FEA

18
RBR
SPR

11
RBR
FEA

2
RBR
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

16
HUN
SPR

18
SIL
FEA

3
SIL
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

6
SIL
SPR

1
CAT
FEA

4
CAT
SPR

4
SPA
FEA

1
SPA
SPR

9
MNZ
FEA

4
MNZ
SPR

NC
MUG
FEA

16
MUG
SPR

19
SOC
FEA

2
SOC
SPR

6?
BHR
FEA

6
BHR
SPR

15
BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

2
3rd 200

? Half points were awarded as less than 75% of the scheduled race distance was completed.

Complete Formula One results

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 WDC Points
2021 Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6 t BHR
9
EMI
12
POR
15
ESP
Ret
MON
16
AZE
7
FRA
13
STY
10
AUT
12
GBR
10
HUN
BEL
NED
ITA
RUS
TUR
JPN
USA
MXC
SAP
AUS
SAU
ABU
14th* 10*

* Season still in progress.

Notes

  1. ^ a b 4 poles achieved during qualifying, and 0 poles given as a result of the reverse grid in the sprint race.[1]

References

  1. ^ "Formula 2 poles". results.motorsportstats.com. Motorsport Stats. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ a b Khorounzhiy, Valentin (5 December 2018). "Red Bull firms up Honda-linked junior team plan for 2019". Motorsport.com.
  3. ^ "Yuki Tsunoda". Red Bull Junior Team. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ (4 December 2018). "F118GP3?". Car Watch (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "F4". www.f4k.co.jp. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Yuki Tsunoda to Race for Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda in 2021 F1 Season". Honda Global. 16 December 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "Yuki Tsunoda - Formula 3". www.fiaformula3.com. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Horton, Phillip. "Formula 3: Honda-backed Japanese F4 champion Yuki Tsunoda joins F3". Motorsport Week. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ Simmons, Marcus (2 April 2019). "Motopark, Red Bull juniors to Euroformula Open after FEM collapse". Autosport. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "Liam Lawson starts Euroformula season with victory at Paul Ricard". 27 April 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "Monger wins Pau Grand Prix in the wet". 19 May 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "Yuki Tsunoda takes his first Euroformula win in dramatic race at Hockenheim". 26 May 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "Honda 2020 Motorsports Program Overview". global.honda. 10 January 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ "Formula 1 - Alpha Tauri announced his second driver for 2021!". Sport Business Mag. 17 December 2020. Retrieved 2020.
    "Le japonais Yuki Tsunoda sera en F1 en 2021". Auto Plus. 16 December 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ Cooper, Adam (29 August 2020). "F2 racer Tsunoda set for Abu Dhabi rookie F1 test run with AlphaTauri". Autosport. Retrieved 2020.
  16. ^ "Tsunoda surprised by physical challenge of F1 car after maiden test, as FP1 debut beckons". Formula1.com. 5 November 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ "Tsunoda gets more mileage at Imola ahead of F1 debut". www.formula1.com. Retrieved 2021.
  18. ^ "Tsunoda gets AlphaTauri F1 seat, replaces Kvyat". The Race. 16 December 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  19. ^ "Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix race results: Hamilton beats Verstappen". Motorsport. 28 March 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  20. ^ Cleeren, Filip (29 March 2021). "Brawn hails Tsunoda as 'F1's best rookie for years'". www.motorsport.com. Retrieved 2021.

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ritomo Miyata
F4 Japanese Championship
Champion

2018
Succeeded by
Ren Sato
Awards
Preceded by
Guanyu Zhou
Anthoine Hubert Award
2020
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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