He has impressed with several strong performances since, including a shock victory in last year’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza. He also finished on the podium in Baku this year and finished fourth in Sunday’s Dutch Grand Prix behind Max Verstappen and the Mercedes drivers.
Tsunoda has had a difficult start to his first season in Formula 1. Since finishing ninth on his debut in Bahrain he has had several crashes in qualifying and contributed just 18 of the team’s 84 points so far. However team principal Franz Tost has frequently indicated he is convinced of Tsunoda’s potential.
Tost explained the reasons for the team’s decision on its line-up for next season.
“Pierre’s development in the years has been impressive and in his time with us he managed to make it to all three steps of the podium,” he said. “Starting with the second place in Brazil in 2019, he then won our home grand prix the following year in Monza and this year he has already achieved a podium with a third place in Baku. I am confident there’s more to come and this is why we are excited to have him with us for another season. Furthermore, he is using his experience in F1 to help Yuki with his development.
“This year we have seen that the positive relationship between the two, made of a competitiveness on-track and a friendship off-track, has proven effective for the team. Yuki has joined the team as a rookie and is continuing to learn every day, the feedback from the engineers shows that he is absorbing all the information given to him and improving.
“As a rookie, Yuki is only at the beginning of this journey, so it’s good that he can continue what we’ve started together. It’s great for us to be securing our driver line-up so early in the season, so we can now focus on the rest of 2021, where we’re in a tough fight in the midfield pack.”
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