Yuki Tsunoda has been singled out as an Alpha Tauri driver of the future by boss Franz Tost.
Already a Red Bull junior the Formula 2 Japanese driver has impressed the Formula 1 paddock with his win at Silverstone and two podiums.
Working through the ranks of the F4 Japanese single-seater racing series’, Tsunoda joined the Honda Formula Dream Project team in 2018.
2019 saw him recruited by Jenzer in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, and by the beginning of 2020, Honda announced he would join Carlin in the Formula 2 Championship.
His second place during the second Feature Race in Austria, and a third Feature Race place on the first British race weekend, plus a win in the Sprint Race during the second visit to Silverstone has grabbed the attention of the Alpha Tauri team boss.
Tsunoda currently sits in fourth place In the Formula 2 Championship, with 82 points.
Tost commented that Tsunoda would join the Faenza-based team “sooner or later.”
Carlin driver, Tsunoda, is looking set to follow in the footsteps of Alex Albon, Pierre Gasly, and Carlos Sainz.
Tost recently stated:
I remember the race in Austria when he raced in wet track conditions. He was leading the standings, he was leading the race, but due to a radio failure he was called too late for a pit stop, but nevertheless finished second.
It was an incredible and impressive recovery from the Carlin driver.
Pure determination propelled him into a heroic drive in an attempt to claim his position back.
The youngster is staying humble insisting he needs to improve his results before he’s legitimately considered for such an elite seat in Formula 1.
For sure I need wins. I already lost quite a lot of points at the beginning of the season.
He went on to say:
I think the biggest thing I need is consistency. I expect a lot of wins in the future, and to have good points for the drivers’ standings and hopefully I can get a seat for 2021 with Alpha Tauri.
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