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Yuki Tsunoda

  • Team AlphaTauri
  • Nation Japan
  • Date of birth 11/05/2000
  • Place of birth Sagamihara, Japan
Yuki Tsunoda isn't ever going to stand out from his crowd physically – it's hard to when you're the shortest driver in F1 (159cm) – but how he goes about his racing demands you take notice.
Yuki Tsunoda
Australian Grand Prix Stats
Races: 0
Poles: 0
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Points Finishes: 0

From his first Grand Prix in Bahrain in 2021 – when he scored points in ninth, scrapped with Fernando Alonso and showed a strong command of English-language profanity over the team radio – the Japanese marked himself as a man to watch, a reputation as hard-charger from his race-winning F3 and F2 days translating immediately to the top flight.

Tsunoda's rookie year ebbed and flowed thereafter, and he admitted to underestimating the fitness and commitment level necessary to take the next step while struggling to keep pace with super-consistent teammate Pierre Gasly. The raw speed and promise of bigger things is there; adding a smattering of sophistication to Tsunoda's prodigious natural pace is next on the to-do list.