The Italian team has confirmed that Yuki Tsunoda will remain in F1 with AlphaTauri for another year.
Tsunoda, who is part of the Red Bull Young Drivers Program and supported by engine supplier Honda, is currently in his second season at AlphaTauri. His post-season F1 future was in doubt earlier this year, but he was hoping for a contract extension with AlphaTauri within a few weeks.
“I want to say a huge thank you to Red Bull, Honda and Scuderia AlphaTauri for continuing to give me the opportunity to compete in Formula 1,” said Tsunoda. “Having moved to Italy last year to be closer to the factory, I really feel like part of the team and I’m happy to be able to continue racing with them in 2023.
“Of course our 2022 season is not over yet and we are still working hard in midfield so I am fully focused on finishing it at a high level and then we will look forward to next year.”
AlphaTauri Team Principal Franz Tost added: “As we have seen since he joined us last year, Yuki is a very talented rider and he has improved a lot this season.
“The speed he has shown lately is clear evidence of the steep learning curve that proves he deserves a place in F1 and I still expect him to do well in the last six races of 2022. As I always say, it takes at least three years for a driver to fully master Formula 1, so I’m glad he was given time to show his full potential.”
Earlier this year, AlphaTauri announced that Pierre Gasly would also stay with the team for another season, but has since been linked with a move to Alpine. There was no mention in the latest announcement that Gasly would be Tsunoda’s teammate for 2023.
Initially, Red Bull hoped to sign American Colton Hertha as Gasley’s replacement, but the IndyCar driver did not score the required points for an F1 super license and is therefore unlikely to qualify for a spot on the F1 grid.
The Dutch media recently linked Nick de Vries, who scored points on his F1 debut with Williams earlier this month, with a move to AlphaTauri, which in turn could free Gasly for a move to Alpine. However, after an impressive performance at the Italian Grand Prix, de Vries can also race in Alpine and Williams.