Yuki Tsunoda, the Shortest F1 Driver, Takes A Hilarious Jab At His Height

Published 02/21/2021, 12:05 AM EST
SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 10: Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Carlin prepares for the Practice for the Formula 2 Championship at Red Bull Ring on July 10, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Yuki Tsunoda is joining the Formula 1 season this season as the youngest driver on the grid. Interestingly, the Japanese driver is also one of the shortest Formula 1 drivers in the 71-year long history of the sport. However, Tsunoda does not shy away from joking about his short height.

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The shortest Formula 1 driver last year was McLaren‘s Lando Norris at 1.7 meters. However, Tsunoda is set to steal that status from the Briton once he makes his debut with AlphaTauri. In Formula 2 last year, the young debutant was recorded to be just 1.59 meters tall.

After AlphaTauri’s car launch of 2021, the drivers had the chance to sit in their new livery. Formula 1 uploaded a picture of Tsunoda in his AlphaTauri and posed a question for the fans, “In 2021, @yukitsunoda07 will___”. Tsunoda was quick to reply with a hilarious one-word caption, “Grow”

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How did Yuki Tsunoda come to Formula 1?

The 20-year-old Japanese driver has had Honda’s backing since 2016. He made his single-seater debut in the F4 Japanese Championship, which he won in 2018. Tsunoda then moved to Europe and joined Red Bull‘s Junior program.

He quickly promoted his way up to Formula 2 and had a successful campaign with Carlin. “He ended the year with seven podiums, which included three victories, to finish third behind champion Mick Schumacher and Callum Illot, paving the way for him to step up to F1,” stated a report.

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Race winner Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Carlin celebrates on the podium during the sprint race of the Formula 2 Championship at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

This season, Yuki Tsunoda is replacing Daniil Kvyat in the AlphaTauri. The Japanese driver is highly talented, however, the speed of his car will define his debut season. His first aim would be to battle his teammate Pierre Gasly and win it.

In a long term, Tsunoda will surely target that Red Bull seat that seems to be cursed. The seat alongside Max Verstappen will see its fourth driver in the last four years. If Sergio Perez fails to deliver to the Red Bull standard, Tsunoda could very well find him in the Red Bull seat.

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Do you believe Tsunoda will impress Red Bull enough to warrant a promotion to the senior team, eventually?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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