Tsunoda eyes AlphaTauri drive for 2021

Mark Scott
Yuki Tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda is eyeing an opportunity to drive for the AlphaTauri team in the 2021 season after his first-ever Formula 2 victory.

The 2018 Japanese F4 Champion has continued to progress up through the ranks and achieved a new career high as he emerged victorious in the Silverstone sprint race – round 10 of 20 on the revised 2020 F2 schedule.

The 20-year-old has climbed up to P6 in the F2 World Championship standings and the Red Bull-Honda backed driver is hoping more wins will follow as he tries to land a seat at Red Bull’s junior team AlphaTauri for the F1 2021 campaign.

“For sure I need wins,” Tsunoda said via Motorsport Week.

“I already lost quite a lot of points at the beginning of the season.

“I think the biggest thing is I need consistency, [in Austria we got] zero points, then the second [race a] podium, and then zero points, now we got a first podium in first place. It’s still not consistent.

“I think for the future this race was a really, really good race for me, good learning, and a good step for Carlin.

“I expect a lot of wins in the future, and to have good points for the drivers’ standings and hopefully I can get [a] seat for 2021 in AlphaTauri.”

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Tsunoda knows, though, there is still plenty of room for improvement…like keeping his front wing attached at every race.

“I think at the beginning of the season I struggled to keep my front wing until the end of a race!” he added.

“For that I made a big step from last week, and I didn’t lose it! The race pace, especially from last week’s Feature Race…we had a really good car to manage the tyres and came P3 from P9.

“This weekend it was P10 to P6, always gaining positions. We’ve a really good strategy and a good car. I think for sure, for the future, it’s good for confidence.

“We need to improve our qualifying pace to make the races easier and help take podiums. Still, there’s a lot of things to improve but it’s a good step for Carlin and me.”

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