Tsunoda joins Carlin for F2 debut
Carlin has announced Yuki Tsunoda as the newest addition to the team’s 2020 FIA Formula 2 squad. The 19-year-old Japanese driver, who is a member of the Red Bull Junior Team and Honda Formula Dream Project, will join the championship winning team following a strong outing in the post-season tests in Abu Dhabi in December.
In 2019 Tsunoda claimed three podiums including a win in his debut season in the FIA Formula 3 Championship. In addition, he claimed six podiums in the Euroformula Open which he dovetailed around his F3 campaign.
Previous to racing in Europe, the Honda driver capped off two years in Japanese F4 with the championship win in 2018 following 11 podiums of which seven were race wins.
Speaking about his graduation to FIA Formula 2, the Tsunoda said, “Honestly I was thinking I might be in F3 for another year, so I’m very happy that people believe I’m capable of the step up. For sure it is going to be a tough year; new circuits, more power, bigger tyres, but then learning a lot during a race weekend is normal for me after 2019 and I’ve learnt so much as a driver. Thank you to Red Bull and Honda for supporting me next year; to support my dream to be a Formula 1 driver. I want to make some really good results for them to repay their trust and belief in me.”
“I’m happy to be joining Carlin. Carlin is a great team; a lot of the good drivers have been here in this team and been on this path so I know that I follow in good footsteps and I know I will have a good experience”, Tsunoda added.
“We’re very excited to have Yuki join the team; we watched his performance in FIA F3 last year with great interest”, Team Principal Trevor Carlin said, “His race performances were quite amazing especially considering it was his first year of international motorsport. We would like to thank Honda and Red Bull in trusting Yuki with us. We’re proud to continue our relationship with both and look forward to getting the season underway.”
The FIA Formula 2 season kicks off in Bahrain from 20-22 March.