Scuderia AlphaTauri have announced that their current driver pairing of Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda will continue to race for them in the 2024 F1 season.
Ricciardo joined AlphaTauri after the British Grand Prix earlier this year, when the team brought back the former Red Bull driver to replace Nyck de Vries after the opening ten rounds. Ricciardo, who first joined the team more than ten years ago in 2012, will continue on for his first full season drive since being let go by McLaren after the 2022 season.
Tsunoda, on the other hand, will head into his fourth year with the team, having joined them in 2021 when he replaced Daniil Kvyat. With Tsunoda more than comfortable with them and developing into a serious talent, AlphaTauri will hope his fourth season will be his most successful with them yet.
Ricciardo, who is currently injured and has been replaced by Liam Lawson for the time being, is expected to return to the grid for the US Grand Prix, at which point Lawson will resume his reserve driver duties for the team.
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Yuki Tsunoda commented:
“I’m so happy to announce that I will be staying with Scuderia AlphaTauri for the 2024 Formula 1 season. I’m looking forward to continuing to fight and collaborate with the team and Daniel. Obviously, I’ll push as much as possible for the rest of the season and beyond, to progress as a driver. I’m grateful for Red Bull and Honda, for continuing to support and believe in me, and very happy and thankful to continue the partnership.“
Daniel Ricciardo commented:
“I’m stoked to be driving with Yuki again next year and continuing the journey with Scuderia AlphaTauri. Following the progress we have already made and the plans for the future, it’s an exciting time for the Team. We are building and it is a great feeling. There is a lot of work to do, but we are heading in the right direction and there is a lot to look forward to. Bring on 2024!“
Franz Tost, Team Principal, Scuderia AlphaTauri, added:
“Next year, the technical regulations remain largely unchanged and it was therefore logical to go for continuity in our driver line-up too. I am very pleased with the development that Yuki has shown over the last two and a half years with our team and with Daniel’s great race-winning experience we will have one of the most competitive driver pairings on the grid in 2024. Peter (Bayer) and Laurent (Mekies) will have a great duo to start the new season in the right direction. As for Liam, who has impressed everyone in his races so far, he will definitely help the team in his development role as a third driver, and I’m sure he will have a future in Formula One soon.“
Peter Bayer, CEO, Scuderia AlphaTauri, said:
“We are in a privileged position, where we have access to multiple great talents from the Red Bull world. This is a credit to the work that Dr. Marko has been doing for many years. Both Daniel and Yuki have not just shown fantastic race craft but are also great global ambassadors for our team and our sport. Liam put himself in the spotlight of F1 in only three races and I am very happy that we can continue to prepare him for his future.“