VCARB extends Tsunoda's contract

Visa Cash App RB F1 Team hand Yuki Tsunoda contract extension

June 9, 2024

Italian Formula One team Visa Cash App RB (VCARB) have announced a contract extension for their Japanese driver, Yuki Tsunoda, who will thus stay with them for the 2025 F1 season.

Tsunoda made his debut with the VCARB team in 2021, during their AlphaTauri days, replacing the then-outgoing Daniil Kvyat. He scored points on debut, impressing all on the grid.

Although he doesn’t have the best machinery under him, Tsunoda continues to impress. Now in his fourth season with VCARB, he continues getting praise from the Red Bull higher-ups. 

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Speaking about continuing with Visa Cash App RB, Yuki 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!

Laurent Mekies, Visa Cash App RB Team Principal, said:

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!

Peter Bayer, CEO of Visa Cash App RB, added:

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.

Aditya Chaudhuri

Hailing from the City of Joy, the things that bring me joy are cricket, a good non-tilt CS:GO session, F1 and movies.

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