May 11, 2000 (23)
Yuki Tsunoda is a Japanese Formula One driver, currently competing for Scuderia AlphaTauri. He gained attention for his competitive spirit and quick adaptability in his rookie year.
Tsunoda’s entry into Formula One was backed by his strong performance in junior formulae, most notably in Formula 2. He claimed several podium finishes and victories in F2, making him a standout candidate for a seat in the F1 grid. His first F1 season saw him finishing ninth on his debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix, making him the first Japanese driver to score points on debut since 2002.
Tsunoda has had the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse range of professionals within the motorsport industry. He’s worked closely with Franz Tost, team principal of AlphaTauri, and Toyoharu Tanabe, Technical Director for Honda Racing F1. His teammates have also been instrumental in his development, such as Pierre Gasly and former F2 colleagues like Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott. Additionally, Tsunoda has gained insights from Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, and Lewis Hamilton, who have been open about sharing their racing experiences. He’s also interacted with Christian Horner and Adrian Newey from Red Bull Racing, given that AlphaTauri is a sister team to Red Bull.
Tsunoda was named the FIA Formula 2 “Rookie of the Year” in 2020, which undoubtedly played a role in his F1 seat acquisition. He also won the Anthoine Hubert Award for best rookie in the same year. His performances in F1 have attracted sponsorship deals.