Tsunoda will race for VCARB in 2025 – Helmut Marko

Jaden Diaz
06/06/2024

Yuki Tsunoda will race for VCARB next season, says Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko. The Japanese driver has performed at a high level throughout the year, building on an impressive 2023 campaign. Although a Red Bull seat is still beyond reach, Tsunoda can at least rest assured he will be on next year’s F1 grid.

For all the uncertainties in F1 this season, there have been some constant themes. One of them is Helmut Marko’s praise for Yuki Tsunoda, whose consistent performances are being noted across the F1 paddock.

On paper, the 24-year-old’s continuation at the Racing Bulls has always been the most likely scenario.

However, Tsunoda’s stock in the driver market is rising. With Red Bull opting against giving him a promotion, there have been suggestions he might look elsewhere for a team with greater upward mobility.

Tsunoda himself admitted he will consider offers if they are attractive enough.

Addressing these emerging doubts, Helmut Marko leaves no doubts about the VCARB driver’s future:

“Yuki Tsunoda is set, that’s clear,” he told Kleine Zeitung.

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Tsunoda secured for 2025, Marko addresses Lawson’s future

The 24-year-old, then, will spend the next eighteen months racing for the Faenza-based squad. Though far from a front-running outfit, the operation led by Laurent Mekies is certainly one of the better teams in the midfield.

They should provide Tsunoda with a competitive enough car to secure solid results for the next season and a half. Daniel Ricciardo is also expected to race for VCARB in 2025. With that said, Helmut Marko indicates no decision has been made on this front.

The 81-year-old has spoken candidly about Liam Lawson and his chances:

“He is there at every race, and we are in close contact. There is a clause with Lawson. If we don’t offer him an active seat, he is free for the other teams.”

As it stands, there is no clarity on whether Lawson will have a place on next year’s grid.

From a performance-based perspective, it is difficult to make an argument against the 21-year-old being in F1. Then again, the same could have been said eight months ago – when Red Bull decided against offering him a 2024 seat.

Should the Austrian team fail to offer Lawson a full-time contract, he is free to look elsewhere. The question now is whether Red Bull are willing to let one of their best talents walk away.

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