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Yuki Tsunoda, Daniel Ricciardo Retained by AlphaTauri for 2024

Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo will return to the Red Bull driver program for the 2024 Formula 1 season, taking seats at the currently named Scuderia AlphaTauri.

Liam Lawson, who is currently serving as a substitute driver for the injured Ricciardo, has also been retained and will be both the main Red Bull team and AlphaTauri’s designated reserve driver. He will be on-hand for all races.

“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,” said outgoing team principal Franz Tost, who will be retiring following 17 years in the role.

Laurent Mekies, formerly the sporting director at Ferrari, has already been announced to replace Tost as team principal next year.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to fight and collaborate with the team and Daniel,” Tsunoda said, who will be racing in his fourth season in F1. “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.”

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Ricciardo has been out with a hand injury since the Dutch Grand Prix and is expected to return to AlphaTauri within the next month. Lawson has scored two of the team’s five points in 2023 while relieving the Australian, after finishing ninth in the Singapore Grand Prix.

“I’m stoked to be driving with Yuki again next year and continuing the journey with Scuderia AlphaTauri,” Ricciardo said. “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.”

AlphaTauri is currently scored in tenth and last in constructor’s points, which would be the worst result for the team since finishing tenth and last in 2009.

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michaelfinley010

Michael has watched NASCAR for 20 years and regularly covered the sport from 2013-2021, and also formerly covered the SRX series from 2021-2023. He now covers the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and road course events in the NASCAR Cup Series.

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