Official: Yuki Tsunoda secures F1 future with RB for 2025

The Japanese driver has shown significant progress and aims to help the team advance further up the F1 grid

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Visa Cash App RB have officially confirmed that Yuki Tsunoda will remain with the team for the 2025 Formula 1 season. The 24-year-old Japanese driver, who has shown significant growth and development over his four seasons with the team, will continue to contribute to RB’s ambitious plans for the future.

Tsunoda’s performances have been notable in 2024, with the driver scoring points in five of the eight F1 Grand Prix as well as in the Miami GP Sprint. His journey from a naturally talented rookie to a consistent and technically proficient racer has been a testament to his hard work and dedication.

“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,” Tsunoda said in a statement released by RB

“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.

Yuki Tsunoda of Visa Cash App RB ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Yuki Tsunoda of Visa Cash App RB ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

“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!”

RB Team Principal and CEO Praise Tsunoda’s Growth

RB team principal Laurent Mekies highlighted Tsunoda’s impressive development, emphasising the strong relationship and mutual understanding between the driver and the team, which has been key to their ongoing progress.

“I watched Yuki’s progress in Formula 1 with interest even before I returned to Faenza and it’s been impressive, year after year,” said Mekies.

“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. 

Yuki Tsunoda of Visa Cash App RB during practice ahead of 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Yuki Tsunoda of Visa Cash App RB during practice ahead of 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

“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!”

Peter Bayer, CEO of RB, also expressed his delight in retaining Tsunoda: “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. 

“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.”

Future Prospects and Team Development

Looking forward, both Tsunoda and RB are focused on continuing their upward trajectory. Tsunoda is determined to bring home as many points as possible in the remaining races of this season, laying the groundwork for an even more successful 2025. 

The team is committed to supporting Tsunoda’s continued growth and leveraging his skills to achieve higher positions on the grid.

Tsunoda’s early commitment to RB for 2025 ensures stability and allows the team to concentrate on their development goals. This continuity is expected to foster further improvements and strengthen their competitive edge in the upcoming seasons.

John Smith
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