Yuki Tsunoda extends contract with VCARB to 2025

Loris Preziosa, Jaden Diaz

Another piece of the puzzle has been added to next year’s F1 grid. Yuki Tsunoda officially renews his contract with Team Visa Cash App Racing Bulls (VCARB). The Japanese driver will continue with the Faenza-based team in 2025, which will put him in a fifth season with the team.

Tsunoda has performed at a consistently high level this year, scoring 19 points overall. With just one-third of the season completed, these efforts have been rewarded with a new contract.

Helmut Marko told the media earlier this week about this agreement, which has been anticipated for several weeks.

Tsunoda’s new contract represents more stability for Red Bull. After the renewal of Sergio Perez, who will remain alongside Max Verstappen next year, the Austrian setup will keep another familiar face in Faenza.


Yuki Tsunoda makes impressive progress

Although the Japanese driver eventually wants a seat in the main team, this renewal is still important. Red Bull gave Tsunoda their trust after his difficult rookie campaign, and this faith has been rewarded with steady growth since 2022. In the first eight races of 2024, Tsunoda scored 19 points, claiming five top-10 finishes.

These consistent results have already seen him eclipse his 2022 and 2023 points total. He is on track for his best-ever season in F1

This renewal confirms Tsunoda’s progress as a driver, providing him with a platform moving forward. It must be underlined that a good portion of the confirmation was also earned by looking at the comparison with his teammates, especially last season, when he outperformed three teammates. 

Precisely on this front, it remains to be seen who will join him in VCARB next year. If the renewal of Daniel Ricciardo does not arrive, the protagonist of a start that was anything but smooth, the number one candidate would be Liam Lawson, who in 2023 had done well in the five-race weekends played as a substitute for the injured Australian.