yuki tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda is a young Japanese Formula One racing driver. Tsunoda arrived with a bang after a promising career in the lower-order racing disciplines.

He has been racing in one form or another since he was six years old. His early years were very impressive, and he ended up being champion in almost every series. In F1, he drives for Alpha Tauri and although he started slowly has impressed with his recent performances.

Whether Yuki races in F1 after 2023 will depend on his performance throughout the year. At the moment (after the 13th race), he is in 17th place in the championship with 3 points.

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Family Background


Tsunoda was born on May 11th, 2000. He was born to Japanese parents in Sagamihara, a city in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan.


His schooling was held at the following institutions.

  • March 2007 Graduated from LCA International Preschool
  • March 2013 Graduated from LCA International Elementary School
  • April 2016 Admission to Nihon University Third High School
  • April 2017 Transferred to Wako High School
  • April 2019 Admission to Nippon Sport Science University Faculty of Sport Management

Yuki Tsunoda Parents

Yuki Tsunoda Parents

His father, Steve Tsunoda, is a Japanese-American who worked in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Japan.

Yuki Tsunoda’s mother, a Japanese national, worked as a nurse.

Does Yuki Tsunoda Have A Sister?

Yuki Tsunoda has one younger sister, Riri Tsunoda.

How Tsunoda Get Into Motorsport?

He is the first Japanese driver to compete in Formula One since Kamui Kobayashi in 2014. At one point, Yuki Tsunoda was considered one of the young talents in Formula One who showed the most promise.

From a young age, Yuki Tsunoda showed a keen interest in motorsport. He was fascinated by the car’s speed and technology and dreamed of becoming a racing driver. His parents, however, were initially skeptical of his ambitions. They were worried about the risks involved in motorsport and wanted their son to focus on his studies.

Despite his parents’ reservations, Yuki Tsunoda remained determined to pursue his passion for motorsport.


Yuki Tsunoda Karting

He started karting when he was six and quickly showed his natural talent for racing. Yuki Tsunoda won his first race at seven and dominated the junior karting circuit in Japan.

Honda Suzuki Racing School

In 2016, Yuki graduated from Honda’s Suzuka Circuit Racing School in the advanced formula class. He then became a member of the Honda Formula Dream Project.

Japanese Formula 4

Japanese Formula 4

In the same year, he debuted in the F4 Japanese Championship. This was a one-off race with the Sutekina Racing Team. He claimed 2nd place in the first race and 4th in the second.

Formula 4 is one of the country’s most prestigious junior racing series.

In 2017 he started his first full-time involvement (with Honda) in F4, where he raced in the national F4 championships and the regional East series of the JAF F4 Japanese Championship. Yuki won the regional championship and ranked third in the national competition.

He continued in the series in 2018, where seven wins assured him of first place in the championship.

FIA Formula 3 and Euroformula Open

FIA Formula 3
Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) Jenzer Motorsport

Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) Jenzer Motorsport

In 2018, Yuki Tsunoda stepped up to the Japanese Formula 3 championship, one of Asia’s most competitive junior racing series.

Although it was a steep learning curve, during his rookie season, he showed his potential by securing two podium finishes and finishing seventh in the championship standings.

In 2019, following the cancellation of Formula European Masters, he drove in the Euroformula Open championship, a junior racing series featuring some of the best young drivers worldwide.

Yuki Tsunoda’s performance in the Euroformula Open championship was impressive, with three wins, six podium finishes, and two pole positions. Yuki Tsunoda finished third in the championship standings, behind fellow Red Bull junior driver Liam Lawson and former Formula 2 driver Marino Sato.

FIA Formula 2 Championship

Formula 2

In 2020 Honda announced that Yuki would enter the FIA Formula 2 Championship with the Carlin team.

Yuki Tsunoda’s performance in the Formula 2 championship that year was impressive, with three wins, seven podium finishes, and four pole positions. He finished third in the championship standings behind Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott.

He finally earned enough points to get a super license, which allowed him to compete in Formula One.

Yuki Tsunoda’s success has also caught the attention of the Red Bull Racing team, who signed him up for their junior racing program for the 2020 season.

Formula One


In December 2020, he drove in his first rookie F1 test with Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda. In January 2021, he drove a second test in the AlphaTauri-liveried Toro Rosso STR14

it was announced that Yuki Tsunoda would make his Formula One debut for the AlphaTauri team in the 2021 season.

He joined AlphaTauri full-time in the 2021 season, replacing Daniil Kvyat. His driving partner was Pierre Gasly.

He has had a mixed result in F1, with several standout performances and several embarrassing mistakes, including a series of mistakes and crashes.

He finished his rookie season in 14th place with 32 points.

In 2022 he only managed 17th place with 12 points.

In 2023 Pierre Gasly left the team to join Alpine. Yuki has been joined by Daniel Ricciardo. He has only managed to collect one point in the first three races of 2023 and is sitting in 16th place in the drivers’ championship.

Daniel crashed and broke his wrist during the practice at the Dutch GP. Daniel will be replaced by Liam Lawson until Daniel is fully fit.

Yuki Tsunoda Best Finish F1

His best finish was in the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix in 6th place.

His Future In Formula One

No driver has got the Formula One level without being a superb driver. Unfortunately, the driver’s stars must align to stand out at the top competition level.

  1. They need a competition-winning car (presently, only Red Bull. Aston Martin, Ferrari, and Mercedes have such a car.)
  2. The psychological pressure at this level is intense.
  3. The weariness of traveling around the world constantly is debilitating.
  4. Finally, lady luck has to smile at the driver.

His third year in the competition means he has to perform better than those around him; otherwise, it may be his last.

Yuki Tsunoda Height

Tsunoda is 1.8 meters tall and weighs 69 kg

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Yuki Tsunoda Age

He was born on May 11th, 2000, making him 22 years old in 2023.

Yuki Tsunoda Salary

He earns $1 million per year from Alpha Tauri. He also has several sponsors outside the team from whom he earns.

Yuki Tsunoda Net Worth

It is believed that he has a net worth of $5 million.

Who Sponsors Yuki Tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda’s sponsors include the following companies

  • Honda through its Honda Formula Dream project since 2016
  • Honda Cars
  • Maseki Genesha (a Japanese talent agency headquartered in Tokyo.)
  • Protex (an OEM cosmetics planning and manufacturing firm.)
  • Arai Helmets (Netherlands-based helmet manufacturer.)
  • Platz (pet supplies manufacturer based in Japan.)
  • Racing Gear Print Services 3P
  • CrossFit La Côte

Yuki Tsunoda Weight

Tsunoda weighs 69 kg

Yuki Tsunoda Family

He has a dad and mum and a younger sister

Yuki Tsunoda Hat

He has his own online shop, which has a lot of different merchandise, including hats and shirts.

The link to the shop is here –link.

Yuki Tsunoda Contract

His contract with AlphaTauri has been extended to the end of 2023.

Yuki Tsunoda Girlfriend

He keeps his private life to himself. It does not appear that he currently has a girlfriend.

Yuki Tsunoda Personal Car

Honda NSX  

Yuki Tsunoda Car Collection consists of two Hondas

  • Honda NSX                –              $181,1114
  • Honda Civic Type R    –              $40,000

How Tall Is Yuki Tsunoda?

Tsunoda is 1.8 meters tall and weighs 69 kg

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By Jonny Noble

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jonny Noble I’m a dedicated F1 Writer – and I’ve Been One for Over Four Decades, I’ve been intimately immersed in the world of Formula One for more than 44 years. That’s longer than most professional commentators can boast! As an independent writer, I offer a unique perspective on the entire F1 landscape, free from biases that might cloud the discussion. We dive deep into the exhilarating, frustrating, and captivating facets of the F1 universe. So, regardless of my amateur status, one thing is undeniable: four decades of dedicated F1 fandom have forged strong opinions worth exploring!

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