AlphaTauri lastly affirm each their drivers for F1 2024, with Daniel Ricciardo staying alongside Yuki Tsunoda; Liam Lawson misses out on race seat; watch the Japanese GP on Sky Sports activities F1 this weekend, with Saturday qualifying at 7am and Sunday’s race at 6am
By Jonathan Inexperienced at Suzuka
Final Up to date: 23/09/23 2:24am
Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda will proceed to drive for AlphaTauri subsequent season.
Liam Lawson, who has impressively stuffed in for the injured Ricciardo on the final three grands prix and stays within the automotive in Japan, will probably be reserve and simulator driver for each of Purple Bull’s F1 groups and “attend all of the races full time”.
AlphaTauri introduced the information forward of Sunday’s Japanese GP, Tsunoda’s residence race, and means there is only one seat left up for grabs on the 2024 F1 grid, at Williams.
Tsunoda will proceed on the crew right into a fourth season, whereas Ricciardo could have a full season again on the grid as he bids to attain what he already acknowledged as his “dream” of shifting again to the senior Purple Bull crew in 2025.
“I am stoked to be driving with Yuki once more subsequent yr and persevering with the journey with Scuderia AlphaTauri,” Ricciardo mentioned of his new deal.
“Following the progress we’ve already made and the plans for the long run, it is an thrilling time for the crew. We’re constructing and it’s a nice feeling. There may be lots of work to do, however we’re on course and there’s a lot to stay up for. Convey on 2024!”
Tsunoda mentioned: “I am trying ahead to persevering with to struggle and collaborate with the crew and Daniel. Clearly, I am going to push as a lot as potential for the remainder of the season and past, to progress as a driver. I am grateful for Purple Bull and Honda, for persevering with to assist and consider in me, and really joyful and grateful to proceed the partnership.”
Ricciardo returned to AlphaTauri on the Hungarian GP after Dutchman Nyck de Vries was axed simply 10 races into his rookie season.
However the Australian broke his hand throughout a crash in follow on the Dutch GP from which he’s nonetheless recovering from and will not return till a minimum of the Qatar GP in two weeks’ time.
The next race after that’s in the US on October 22 and, talking at Suzuka on Friday, AlphaTauri engineer Jonathan Eddolls mentioned that “we’re nonetheless speaking some time away” when it comes to when Ricciardo returns.
Purple Bull junior Lawson has put in three spectacular drives in Ricciardo’s absence, securing his first factors in F1 with a ninth-place end finally week’s Singapore GP – AlphaTauri’s greatest results of the season.
Tsunoda at the moment sits seventeenth within the Drivers’ Championship with three factors from three Tenth-place finishes this season.
The Japanese driver has failed to finish a racing lap within the final two Grands Prix after pulling over to the facet on the formation lap of the Italian GP after which retiring on the opening lap of the Singapore GP after contact with Purple Bull’s Sergio Perez.
AlphaTauri CEO Peter Bayer mentioned: “We’re in a privileged place, the place we’ve entry to a number of nice skills from the Purple Bull world.
“Each Daniel and Yuki haven’t simply proven incredible race craft however are additionally nice international ambassadors for our crew and our sport. Liam put himself within the highlight of F1 in solely three races and I’m very joyful that we are able to proceed to organize him for his future.”
AlphaTauri are backside of the Constructors’ Championship with 5 factors with seven rounds of the 2023 season remaining. They’re 5 factors behind ninth-placed Alfa Romeo and 7 factors behind eighth-placed Haas.
The crew could have a brand new identify subsequent season and work extra carefully with reigning world champions Purple Bull.
Laurent Mekies, previously Ferrari’s sporting director, will turn out to be AlphaTauri’s crew principal subsequent yr.
The one different opening remaining on the grid for 2024 is at Williams the place it has but to be confirmed if Logan Sargeant will proceed as Alex Albon’s team-mate subsequent yr.
How the grid is about to line up in 2024
|Purple Bull||Max Verstappen||Sergio Perez|
|Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton||George Russell|
|Ferrari||Charles Leclerc||Carlos Sainz|
|Aston Martin||Fernando Alonso||Lance Stroll|
|McLaren||Lando Norris||Oscar Piastri|
|Alpine||Esteban Ocon||Pierre Gasly|
|Haas||Kevin Magnussen||Nico Hulkenberg|
|Alfa Romeo||Valtteri Bottas||Zhou Guanyu|
|AlphaTauri||Yuki Tsunoda||Daniel Ricciardo|
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