Yuki Tsunoda, Liam Lawson and Daniel Ricciardo are all vying for an AlphaTauri seat in 2024 and one in every of them will miss out; watch the Japanese GP stay on Sky Sports activities F1 this weekend, beginning with Apply One at 3:30am on Friday, adopted by Apply 2 at 7am
Final Up to date: 21/09/23 8:43am
Yuki Tsunoda has hinted AlphaTauri will select Daniel Ricciardo to drive for the group over Liam Lawson in System 1 subsequent yr.
AlphaTauri are but to substantiate their 2024 driver line-up however Tsunoda is trying prone to be retained in one of many seats.
Lawson’s spectacular begin to life in F1 has given Pink Bull so much to contemplate, because the New Zealander completed ninth on the Singapore Grand Prix to underline his credentials.
Ricciardo broke his metacarpal on the Dutch Grand Prix in August and won’t return till the Qatar Grand Prix on October 6-8 on the earliest.
Requested by Sky Sports activities F1 who he would like to have as his team-mate in 2024, Tsunoda mentioned: “Each views it is Positive. Daniel brings extra expertise and he confirmed quite a lot of suggestions.
“He can positively inform extra particulars about how the automotive is behaving. I feel the engineers prefer it, particularly how he talks and helps the event facet. If the group desires to develop the automotive extra to be aggressive, perhaps Daniel.
“However, on the similar time, Liam confirmed within the first three races instantly he confirmed a superb efficiency and might be nonetheless progressing.
“I’ve simply finished two races with Daniel and it was in all probability not the most effective time for AlphaTauri. When Liam got here to F1, the automotive was fairly good at Monza and Singapore, so he had fun. On the similar time, he carried out effectively.
“AlphaTauri itself, we all know it is like a junior group. On the similar time, there is a little more danger and we have now to consider the outcomes typically.
“Will depend on what they’re pondering. If they need extra outcomes, in all probability Daniel. He has extra expertise and may extract outcomes perhaps. But additionally Liam…I do not know, it is exhausting to say. It is scary to say!”
Lawson: I would not be blissful to be a reserve driver
The driving force who misses out on a racing seat is predicted to be supplied a reserve driver function for Pink Bull and AlphaTauri subsequent season.
Lawson can have one other probability to impress this weekend at Suzuka, a monitor he drove at earlier this yr in Tremendous System, and has made it clear he would not need to spend a yr on the F1 sidelines.
“I would not be blissful to return to being reserve. Clearly, I understand how exhausting it’s to get into System 1 and I perceive that that may be actually tough generally,” mentioned the 21-year-old.
“So clearly, what is going to occur, will occur, however this stuff I simply have not actually considered an excessive amount of. I am simply making an attempt to profit from this.”
He added: “There hasn’t been an enormous period of time to debate the long run. On what’s occurred up to now, it has been fairly Positive.
“However I suppose the message for me has simply been to maintain my head down now and try to maintain delivering till clearly issues clear up, till this chance I’ve ends when Daniel comes again. It is mainly simply doing a superb job however maintain doing the identical factor.
“Clearly, I need to be in System 1. Now I’ve this opportunity, I am making an attempt to do all the things I can to indicate that I may be right here. However when it comes to all these discussions, these will occur after this weekend.”
Sky Sports activities F1’s stay Japanese GP schedule
Thursday September 21
- 5am: Drivers’ Press Convention
- 10.30am: Drivers’ Press Convention repeat
Friday September 22
- 3am: Japanese GP Apply One (Session begins 3.30am)
- 6.45am: Japanese GP Apply Two (Session begins 7am)
- 8.45am: The F1 Present: Japan
- 10am: Japanese GP Apply One highlights
- 11.15am: Japanese GP Apply Two highlights
Saturday September 23
- 3.15am: Japanese GP Apply Three (Session begins 3.30am)*
- 6am: Japanese GP Qualifying build-up*
- 7am: Japanese GP Qualifying*
- 9am: Ted’s Qualifying Pocket book
- 9.30am: Japanese GP Qualifying highlights
Sunday September 24
- 4.30am: Grand Prix Sunday: Japanese GP build-up*
- 6am: THE JAPANESE GRAND PRIX*
- 8am: Chequered Flag: Japanese GP response*
- 9am: Ted’s Pocket book
- 9.30am: Japanese GP race replay
- 12pm: Japanese GP highlights
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