Prominent F1 Journalist Makes Big Reveal on Futures of Yuki Tsunoda and Alex Albon for 2022

Published 08/31/2021, 10:54 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


As the second half of the Formula 1 season progresses, the drivers’ market will be in full flow. The future of many drivers will be decided in the upcoming weeks.

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Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, and Sergio Perez are recent drivers to extend their contracts with their respective teams. Even so, there are eight drivers across five teams whose future in the pinnacle of motor racing is still uncertain. However, Mark Hughes hints at the future of two Red Bull academy drivers in Formula 1 next season.

Taking to Twitter, a fan predicted the 2022 driver’s lineup. He excluded Yuki Tsunoda from the AlphaTauri’s lineup and included former F1 driver Alex Albon.

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And according to one of the most prominent F1 journalists, Mark Hughes, the young Japanese will continue next season at the Faenza-based team. On the other hand, Red Bull’s reserve driver, Alex Albon, will replace George Russell at Williams.

Hughes wrote, “Nah Tsunoda’s not going anywhere and Albon will go to Williams.”

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Yuki Tsunoda not struggling “out of the blue” – AlphaTauri technical director

After finishing third in Formula 2 last year, Yuki Tsunoda was promoted to Formula 1 with AlphaTauri. Although, the young Japanese struggled to find his feet in the new car. He crashed out of qualifying on three occasions this season at Imola, Azerbaijan, and France. Meanwhile, AlphaTauri technical director believes Tsunoda’s struggles have not come out of the blue.

As quoted by Autosport, when asked about Yuki Tsunoda’s struggles in his rookie season, AlphaTauri‘s technical director Jody Egginton replied: “If you consider any first-time driver in F1 who’s had any length of career, they have ups and downs.

“I can think back to my time in previous teams where, at the start of the season with a young driver, there was a mixture of exuberance and bad luck. It’s not unusual for me. It’s frustrating and challenging, but it’s not out of the blue.

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Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021. AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna.

“I think some of the added focus is on the fact that he had a good opening race. The car’s competitive, and then the expectation goes up, but you’re still on that same learning process,” added Egginton.

The Japanese driver with 18 points to his name sits at P13 in the driver’s championship, 36 points behind his teammate, Pierre Gasly.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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