Yuki Tsunoda

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Yuki Tsunoda
NationalityJapan Japanese
Born (2000-05-11) 11 May 2000 (age 18)
F4 Japanese Championship career
Debut season2016
Current teamHonda Formula Dream Project
Car no.5
Starts30
Wins10
Podiums18
Poles12
Fastest laps5
Best finish1st in 2018
Championship titles
2018F4 Japanese Championship

Yuki Tsunoda (角田 裕毅, Tsunoda Yūki, born 11 May 2000) is a Japanese racing driver backed by Honda and Red Bull and reigning Japanese F4 champion.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Lower formulae[edit]

In 2016, Tsunoda made his debut in the Suzuka round of the Japanese F4 Championship with Sutekina Racing Team, claiming a podium and a fourth place finish on debut.[3] The following year, Tsunoda returned to contest the championship full-time with the Honda Formula Dream Project.[4] There he claimed three wins and four pole positions to take third in the championship behind Ritomo Miyata and teammate Ukyo Sasahara.[3]

In 2018, Tsunoda reunited with Honda for a second full season of the championship.[5] Taking seven wins and eight pole positions, Tsunoda claimed the title at Motegi after a season long battle with teammate Teppei Natori.[6][1]

Formula 3[edit]

On 26 November 2018, it was announced Tsunoda would graduate to the newly created FIA Formula 3 Championship for 2019 where he would contest with Jenzer.[7] The following month, Tsunoda was the first driver to be confirmed for the inaugural Formula European Masters championship, which he would contest with Motopark.[8]

Formula One[edit]

On 5 December 2018, Tsunoda was named as one of three new additions to the Red Bull Junior Team, as part of the team's new relationship with Honda.[2]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2016 F4 Japanese Championship Sutekina Racing Team 2 0 0 0 1 30 16th
2017 F4 Japanese Championship Honda Formula Dream Project 14 3 4 1 6 173 3rd
2018 F4 Japanese Championship 14 7 8 4 11 245 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wood, Elliot (November 11, 2018). "Yuki Tsunoda becomes first Honda-backed Japanese F4 champion". FormulaScout. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "THE RED BULL JUNIOR TEAM AND THE HONDA FORMULA DREAM PROJECT". December 5, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Allen, Peter (November 12, 2017). "Ritomo Miyata defeats Ukyo Sasahara to retain Japanese F4 title". FormulaScout. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "2017 FIA-F4 Championship 1st / 2nd Okayama Competition entry list". fiaf4.jp. F4 Japanese Championship. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Honda 2018 Motorsports Program Overview". Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  6. ^ Wood, Elliot (May 6, 2018). "Yuki Tsunoda steals Japanese F4 lead in exciting races at Fuji". FormulaScout. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  7. ^ Thukral, Rachit (November 26, 2018). "Matsushita makes F2 return with Carlin". Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  8. ^ Khorounzhiy, Valentin (December 5, 2018). "Red Bull firms up Honda-linked junior team plan for 2019". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved December 5, 2018.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ritomo Miyata
F4 Japanese Championship
Champion

2018
Succeeded by
Incumbent