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Tsunoda to remain at RB for 2025

Tsunoda to remain at VCARB for 2025

Tsunoda to remain at RB for 2025

Visa Cash App RB Formula 1 team announced that Yuki Tsunoda will remain as their driver for the 2025 F1 season.

The news of Tsunoda’s contract extension comes after Red Bull Racing announced on the eve of the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix that Sergio Perez will remain Max Verstappen’s teammate for 2025 and 2026.

Tsunoda has upped his game since the start of the 2024 F1 season, something the VCARB management have pointed out as a reason behind giving him a new contract for 2025.

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The team said in a statement: “Visa Cash App RB is pleased to announce that it has taken up the option on our agreement with Yuki Tsunoda that will see the Japanese driver stay with the team for 2025.

“The 24-year-old has spent all four of his Formula 1 seasons to date with us, showing enormous progress to become the driver he is today: from a pure natural talent to a consistent, aggressive, technically well prepared racer. On his debut season, he even came fourth in Abu Dhabi and now he is a frequent top ten finisher.

“So far this year, he has been in the points in five of the eight Grands Prix and in the Miami Sprint,” the statement concluded.

Tsunoda commented: “I’m very happy to be staying with Visa Cash App RB and it’s a good feeling to have my future decided so early in the year.

“For that, I want 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 and I’m excited to be part of it. It’s great to know that everyone appreciates all the hard work I have put in and that the team believes I can help it move further up the grid.

“We have already made clear progress this season and that really motivates me to always give of my best and that’s what I’ll continue to do with VCARB.

“For the moment, I’m concentrating on the remaining races this season, with the aim of bringing home as many points as possible, always growing with the team, laying the groundwork to do even better next year!” the Japanese driver concluded.

Laurent Mekies, Visa Cash App RB Team Principal added: “I watched Yuki’s progress in Formula 1 with interest even before I returned to Faenza and it’s been impressive, year after year.

“The step up he has made this year is simply phenomenal, and he keeps surprising us all, race after race. There’s no doubting his natural speed to which he has now added a much more mature approach and this combination makes him a very quick and consistent performer, and a great team player.

“We continue to get a better understanding of what he needs from us and vice versa, so we are progressing together, Yuki as a driver and the team, as Visa Cash App RB. We share the same ambitions, so there are several good reasons to continue our journey together. He still has a lot to give!” Mekies concluded.

As for Peter Bayer, CEO of Visa Cash App RB, he said: “Yuki is a graduate of both the Red Bull and Honda Junior Driver programmes and it’s thanks to a good job from all parties that he’s been able to reach his current level of performance.

“As the saying goes, ‘never change a winning team’, so we are delighted to confirm Yuki as part of our future. 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. We are excited that he is staying with us,” Bayer concluded.