Honda is pleased to announce that Yuki Tsunoda, a member of the Honda’s Junior Driver programme will drive for Scuderia AlphaTauri in the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
The 20 year old, from Kanagawa, Japan is also a member of the Red Bull Junior Team and this year has been racing for the Carlin team in the FIA Formula 2 championship, regarded as the main feeder series for Formula 1. He will now be making the step up to Honda hybrid power next year.
In his rookie F2 season, Tsunoda took three wins, finished on the podium a further four times and ended the year in third place overall in the championship, to ensure that he has enough points to be granted a Formula 1 superlicense. He also completed a test in a 2018 Formula 1 car at Imola in early November and has just taken part in the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, driving for his new team. The last Japanese driver to race in Formula 1 was Kamui Kobayashi, while the last Honda-supported driver in the category was Takuma Sato, who competed in F1 from 2002 to 2008.