YUKI TSUNODA

COUNTRY Japan

HOMETOWN Kanagawa, Japan

DATE OF BIRTH 11/05/2000

YUKI TSUNODA

NATIONALITY Japan

HOMETOWN Kanagawa, Japan

DATE OF BIRTH 11/05/2000

YUKI TSUNODA

NATIONALITY Japan

HOMETOWN Kanagawa, Japan

DATE OF BIRTH 11/05/2000

meet Yuki

Scuderia AlphaTauri’s Japanese driver was born on 11 May 2000 in Kanagawa and, at 20 years of age is the youngest driver on the Formula 1 grid in 2021. The youngster will be the 18th Japanese driver to compete in Formula 1, the first since Kamui Kobayashi last raced in 2014.

In 2020, as part of the Red Bull Junior Team and Honda’s young driver programme, Yuki finished a sensational third in the FIA Formula 2 Championship. He took three wins, four pole positions and four podiums. A great season saw him win the Anthoine Hubert Award for the best performance by a rookie. An impressive year saw him pick up enough points for a superlicense and a race seat with Scuderia AlphaTauri. It’s a dream come true for Yuki who has wanted to race since he watched kart races with his father at the age of four, at the Nakai kart track in Japan. As with many racing drivers, his father was a big influence on Yuki’s chosen career as he was his kart mechanic. From 2009 to 2016, Yuki raced in the main karting categories in his homeland, winning several titles.

His career was boosted in 2018, when he won the Japanese Formula 4 Championship at this third attempt. The success sent him on his way to Europe where, in 2019, he joined the Red Bull Junior Team and made his debut in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, finishing the year in ninth place. In 2020, he moved up to Formula 2, scoring 200 points, just 15 behind the winner, Mick Schumacher.

F1 Debut in 2021 with Scuderia AlphaTauri

In 2021 Yuki Tsunoda makes his Formula 1 debut as our official driver alongside Pierre Gasly. He first tried a Formula 1 car in November 2020 at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola, a few days after the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. At the wheel of one of our 2018 cars, Yuki was soon lapping consistently and proved he could adapt to what was a completely new type of car for him. On 15 December, a couple of days after the 2020 F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi, Yuki once again showed what he could do at the wheel of the AT01, our first AlphaTauri era car, during the Young Driver Test at the Yas Marina Circuit. Yuki has been confirmed, together with his team-mate Pierre Gasly, as our official driver for the 2022 F1 season as well.

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career

2009East Japan Junior Expert Class – Finished 3rd
2010Haruna Cup Series Yamaha Cadets Open Class – Finished 1st
2011Shin-Tokyo NIC Cup Series Yamaha Cadets Open Class – Finished 1st
2012JAF Junior Karting Championship FP-Jr Class – Finished 3rd
2013JAF Regional Karting Championship FS125 Class East Region – Finished 1st
2014JAF All Japan Karting Championship FS125 Class – Finished 11th
2015JAF All Japan Karting Championship FS125 Class – Finished 2nd
2016Formula 4 Japanese Championship – Finished 16th
2017Formula 4 Japanese Championship – Finished 3rd
2018Formula 4 Japanese Championship – Finished 1st
2019FIA Formula 3 – Finished 9th
2020FIA Formula 2 – Finished 3rd
2021Scuderia AlphaTauri F1 Driver
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