April 12, 2024

SINGAPORE: Yuki Tsunoda, the standout performer of AlphaTauri’s 2023 season, might discover himself within the position of Pink Bull’s reserve driver for the upcoming 2024 season. This potential shift comes because of a fancy driver dilemma dealing with each Pink Bull and AlphaTauri.

Tsunoda’s stellar efficiency this yr, securing all three of AlphaTauri’s factors finishes in Australia, Azerbaijan, and Belgium, initially pointed to a continuation of his partnership with Daniel Ricciardo for the subsequent season. 

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Nonetheless, Ricciardo’s current hand damage throughout a apply crash on the Dutch Grand Prix led to the emergence of Liam Lawson, a promising expertise from Pink Bull’s esteemed driver academy.

Lawson’s spectacular showings at Zandvoort and Monza have thrown a curveball into the motive force lineup determination. Hypothesis is rife that AlphaTauri may decide to retain the New Zealander alongside Ricciardo, leaving Tsunoda with out a race seat.

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In keeping with reviews, Tsunoda might transition into the reserve position beforehand held by Alex Albon. Whereas there are not any concrete indications of Tsunoda being thought-about for a promotion to the primary staff sooner or later, he might function an “appeasing alternative” for Pink Bull’s longstanding engine associate, Honda.

With Honda’s announcement of an engine partnership with Aston Martin slated for the 2026 season, Tsunoda’s future might probably be with the Silverstone-based staff.

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Indicators of Tsunoda’s potential redirection had been obvious forward of the 2023 season when Nyck de Vries was the only real AlphaTauri driver to bear a seat becoming for Pink Bull, hinting at his candidacy to step in if Verstappen or Perez had been unable to race.

In a separate report, Ricciardo stays “assured” of securing a full-time drive with AlphaTauri for the subsequent season and aspires to probably substitute Perez at Pink Bull by the top of 2024.

Inspired by AlphaTauri’s plans for nearer ties with Pink Bull, Ricciardo, although recovering from his damage, is looking forward to a profitable comeback.

As Ricciardo is scheduled to return no sooner than the Qatar Grand Prix subsequent month, Lawson is about to have two extra races in Singapore and Japan to solidify his case.

Earlier than his AlphaTauri stint, Lawson had been competing within the Japanese-based Tremendous Formulation class in 2023, and he stays in rivalry for the title with one spherical left, culminating at Suzuka on October 29, coinciding with F1’s Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

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