Yuki Tsunoda (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 , he was the 2018 Japanese F4 champion and in 2019 also received backing from Red Bull. 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.
Tsunoda’s ascent to the top tier of motorsport has been astonishingly rapid: he’s gone from racing in Japanese F4 to a Formula 1 seat with AlphaTauri in just over three years, having arrived in Europe in 2019 with no knowledge of the circuits.But after a slow start in F3, followed by a hugely impressive debut F2 campaign that saw him finish third in the championship and pick up three wins along the way,
Tsunoda proved he had the speed and the race craft to force his way on to the F1 grid.And if he adapts to Grand Prix racing as quickly as he did to F2, it might not be long before he finds himself battling at the very sharp end in a Red Bull.