RB Picks Up Yuki Tsunoda’s Option for 2025 F1 Season

Yuki Tsunoda of Racing Bulls during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco in May 2024. Photo by Marco Canoniero/Shutterstock (14511780ct)

The number of open seats in Formula 1 for the 2025 season is dwindling down. RB F1 Team (former Scuderia AlphaTauri), the sister team of Red Bull, announced on Saturday that it had picked up the option on driver Yuki Tsunoda’s contract to keep him for at least one more year.

Tsunoda was set to see his contract with RB expire at the end of this season but will now extend his stint with the team for at least five seasons.

Tsunoda has been having a great year and is on track to record a career-high number of points in 2024. After nine races, the Japanese driver has 19 points, with his best performances coming in Australia and Miami, where he finishes seventh. His current career-high is 32 points, which he recorded in his first year in F1 in 2021.

“As the saying goes, ‘never change a winning team’, so we are delighted to confirm Yuki as part of our future,” RB team CEO Peter Bayer said in a statement. “He is a valuable asset on and off the race track, as his engaging nature has made him very popular with fans around the world.”

After making a decision on Tsunoda, RB now needs to sort out its second seat for 2025. At the moment, the team’s second driver is Daniel Ricciardo, but five points from nine races make his position less than secure.

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