Red Bull-Honda junior drivers on the move

Date published: January 10 2020

Juri Vips Red Bull

Two drivers hoping to be next off the Red Bull-Honda production line have secured seats ahead of the 2020 season.

19-year-old Juri Vips, who became part of the Red Bull set-up in 2018, is following in the footsteps of Pierre Gasly and ex-Red Bull youth product Dan Ticktum in joining the Super Formula championship based in Japan.

The Estonian, following a 2019 season where he finished P4 in the Formula 3 Championship and P2 in the Macau Grand Prix, will be driving for Team Mugen again having made his debut for them in the 2019 Super Formula season finale at Suzuka.

Red Bull’s engine suppliers, Honda, also confirmed that 19-year-old Yuki Tsunoda will be making the step up to Formula 2 this year with Carlin Racing.

Tsunoda won the Japanese Formula 4 Championship in 2018 and also competed in the Formula 3 Championship in 2019 for Jenzer Motorsport, where he finished P9 in the standings.

Tsunoda impressed after testing with Carlin last season and is viewed as Honda’s brightest racing prospect given he is much younger than Honda’s more established drivers such as Nobuharu Matsushita, a 26-year-old who has still yet to earn enough points on his superlicense to be eligible for Formula 1.

The last Honda-backed Japanese driver to feature on the Formula 1 grid was Takuma Sato in 2008.

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