Tsunoda to test with AlphaTauri in Abu Dhabi

Honda protégé and F2 charger Yuki Tsunoda will enjoy mileage behind the wheel of a 2020 AlphaTauri at... The post Tsunoda to test with AlphaTauri in Abu Dhabi appeared first on F1i.com.

Tsunoda to test with AlphaTauri in Abu Dhabi

Honda protégé and F2 charger Yuki Tsunoda will enjoy mileage behind the wheel of a 2020 AlphaTauri at F1's end-of-season young drivers' test at Abu Dhabi in December.

AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost recently said that the 20-year-old Japanese driver would likely join the Red Bull junior squad "sooner or later", but Tost confirmed on Friday at Spa Tsunoda's test with the team.

"I am not only impressed with his driving in the Formula 2, I was impressed last year in Formula 3 as well and the years before," said Tost.

"He is really high skilled driver and I think he has all the ingredients together to become a successful Formula 1 driver. He for sure will test for us in Abu Dhabi at the Young Drivers’ Test."

Tsunoda finished ninth in last year's FIA Formula 3 championship but has already won in Formula 2 this season with Carlin, clinching the sprint race at Silverstone's second round and collecting two other podium finishes.

And on Friday, Tsunoda secured pole at Spa for Saturday's F2 feature race.

"Whether he will drive for us next year or not, this is being decided by Red Bull," added Tost. "It depends also whether he gets the super licence.

"If he continues like now and he will be within the first three or four drivers in the Formula 2 championship then it shouldn’t be a problem to receive the super licence and the rest then we will see."

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Williams: No link between new team owner and Ecclestone

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Williams: No link between new team owner and Ecclestone

Claire Williams brushed off suggestions that former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone was behind the British team's recent buy-out by US investment firm Dorilton Capital.

Dorilton acquired Williams Grand Prix Engineering, the company that operates the Grove-based outfit, for €152 million. But regulatory filings associated with the deal revealed that the private investment firm had used one of the funds it manages - BCE Limited - to buy the F1 team.

The letters 'BCE' were all it took to generate speculation that one Bernard Charles Ecclestone was perhaps behind the whole affair. But Williams' deputy team principal put the fabrication to rest.

"I spoke to Mr. Ecclestone earlier in the week, and I did ask if it was him behind it," Williams said. "That’s a joke, by the way.

"Bernie has nothing to do with our new ownership.

"Dorilton Capital is completely independent, Bernie is not the new owner of Williams. I am in my role, I’m here, I’m doing my job, and it is business as usual."

Williams explained that the funds used by Dorilton to buy the team were sourced from a family's investments in the firm but would not divulge the identity of the backers.

"I can’t go into a whole lot of detail as to the people behind Dorilton, that will become clearer or we will be able to make that clearer over the coming weeks and months," Williams said.

"But they have done a huge amount of due diligence since the start of this process. They were in this process from the beginning.

"They have spent an awful lot of time behind the scenes going through everything you would expect them to go through to understand our team but also to understand the sport.

"I have absolute confidence that they are the right people to take this team forward."

Queried on her future with the team, Williams said it was still "very early days".

"For the moment though, this is business as usual," said the 44-year-old team boss.

"I am here in my capacity that I was running the team in Barcelona and the races prior to that, and that will continue to be the case."

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