The F1 driver marketplace for 2023 has moved shortly over the summer time break following affirmation of Fernando Alonso’s shock swap to Aston Martin, Daniel Ricciardo’s exit from McLaren and Alex Albon’s prolonged Williams deal.
AlphaTauri is likely one of the few groups with a free seat for subsequent yr, however group principal Franz Tost previously indicated Tsunoda had a “good chance” for keeping his drive.
However Tsunoda hinted there have been issues behind the scenes that wanted to be cleared up earlier than any ultimate choice could possibly be taken on his future with AlphaTauri.
“We each in fact need to keep in subsequent yr, however issues which might be taking place within the background, it relies on that,” Tsunoda mentioned when requested by Autosport for an replace on his future at Spa on Thursday.
“I nonetheless don’t know the way it’s going. However from my facet, I wish to keep in AlphaTauri. For me, there’s not a lot purpose why I can’t keep right here.”
Tsunoda joined AlphaTauri firstly of the 2021 season and was retained for this yr regardless of some rookie struggles, together with a spate of incidents and crashes.
Whereas the Japanese driver has solely scored factors in three races to this point this yr, he seems to have made a step ahead in efficiency. Tsunoda at the moment trails team-mate Pierre Gasly by simply 5 factors within the standings, and believes he can be forward on factors had it not been for reliability points and dangerous luck.
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03
Photograph by: Purple Bull Content material Pool
Honda performed an enormous function in supporting Tsunoda’s rise by way of the junior ranks previous to its F1 exit on the finish of 2021, though it retains a technical partnership with each Purple Bull and its sister AlphaTauri group.
Requested if there have been problems on the business facet or regarding the Honda affiliation, Tsunoda replied: “Effectively I can’t say something about that.
“I do know what sort of will set off that for subsequent yr, the contract. For the time being, I can’t say a lot.
“For myself, the factor that I can do now could be deal with myself and make the outcomes. That’s what I can do.”
Tsunoda’s future has been overseen by Purple Bull advisor Helmut Marko, who revealed in July the team had hired a psychologist to help the 22-year-old.
Tsunoda mentioned the impression he received from Marko was that he “needs to maintain me” for subsequent yr, however felt a fast reply on his future would take away a distraction.
“After all I wish to have a solution as quickly as attainable,” Tsunoda mentioned.
“To be trustworthy, [I’m] not having a totally comfy life proper now, as a result of a little bit of stress, one thing like that.
“So yeah, if I had that data as early as attainable, I really feel extra confidence, and I can absolutely deal with myself.”