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F1: Yuki Tsunoda to remain with Red Bull’s F1 Junior program through 2025 season


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Team RB driver Yuki Tsunoda of Japan prepares for the third practice session during the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix car race on Saturday, June 8, 2024 in Montreal.

MONTREAL (AP) — Yuki Tsunoda will remain with Red Bull’s junior team next season, RB announced Saturday.

RB picked up the option on Tsunoda’s contract to keep the Japanese driver until 2025. He is currently a teammate of Daniel Ricciardo, who has not yet confirmed a seat for next season.

Tsunoda made his debut with Red Bull’s junior team in 2021 and has shown annual progress. This season he has finished in the top 10 in five of eight races as Formula 1 heads into the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

“I am very happy to remain with Visa Cash App RB and it is a good feeling that my future will be decided so early in the year,” Tsunoda said in a statement. “For this I would like to thank everyone at Red Bull and Honda who have played such an important role in my career and will continue to do so.

“The team has a big development project ahead of it and I am happy to be part of it. It’s great to know that everyone appreciates all the hard work I’ve put in and that the team believes I can help it move further up the grid.”

RB team boss Laurent Mekies said he was impressed with Tsunoda’s progress.

“The step forward he has made this year is simply phenomenal and he continues to surprise us all, race after race,” said Mekies. “There is no doubt about his natural speed, to which he has now added a much more mature approach. This combination makes him a very fast and consistent performer and a great team player.

“We share the same ambitions, so there are several good reasons to continue our journey together. He still has a lot to give.”

Tsunoda is currently 10th in the drivers’ standings with 19 points. RB are sixth in the Constructors’ Championship, 20 points behind fifth-place Aston Martin.

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