Daniel Riccardo and Yuki Tsunoda will be the drivers for Alpha Tauri in 2024, with Liam Lawson in the reserve driver role.
Alpha Tauri has had a mix of drivers this season, so it has been hard at certain points to tell who would be in the car for next season.
The Italian team has decided to stick with an experienced line-up of eight-time grand prix winner Daniel Riccardo and home favourite for this weekend Yuki Tsunoda.
Riccardo is yet to really hit his stride with the team as his best result, before he got injured was 13th, so the Australian still has a lot to show when he makes his return.
Tsunoda had a strong start to the season finishing in the top 11 in every one of the first five races of the season in a car that was less than stellar, which showed the Japanese driver’s progression in the sport.
Despite impressive performances this season, with a point last time out in Singapore in only his third race, Liam Lawson will be in the reserve driver role for 2024.
Yuki Tsunoda was happy to announce he was staying with the team:
“I’m so happy to announce that I will be staying with Scuderia AlphaTauri for the 2024 Formula 1 season,
“I’m looking forward to continuing to fight and collaborate with the team and Daniel. 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.”
Riccardo stated he was stoked to be working with Yuki Again:
“I’m stoked to be driving with Yuki again next year and continuing the journey with Scuderia AlphaTauri. 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. There is a lot of work to do, but we are heading in the right direction and there is a lot to look forward to. Bring on 2024!”
Franz Tost spoke about the logic of sticking with two experienced drivers:
“Next year, the technical regulations remain largely unchanged, and it was therefore logical to go for continuity in our driver line-up too.
“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. Peter (Bayer) and Laurent (Mekies) will have a great duo to start the new season in the right direction. As for Liam, who has impressed everyone in his races so far, he will definitely help the team in his development role as a third driver, and I’m sure he will have a future in Formula One soon.”