The meteoric rise of F1's first 21st century-born racer
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The meteoric rise of F1's first 21st century-born racer

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New AlphaTauri Formula 1 recruit Yuki Tsunoda has had a sensational rise during his F2 rookie season. But what makes him so special? Autosport ask those he's worked with, and the man himself

Meet the man who, in a couple of months' time (we hope...), will become the first driver born in the 21st century to race in Formula 1. He's extremely fast, he has excellent racecraft, he's had a meteoric Formula 2 career under the patronage of Red Bull and Honda, and he has great intelligence that has impressed everyone he's worked with.

And Yuki Tsunoda is also an absolutely terrific lad. In these strange times, Autosport's chance to interview him comes via the courtesy of his new F1 team AlphaTauri's Zoom link, beamed from a truck at Yas Marina straight into a Middlesex living room. As Tsunoda approaches the screen, he bows politely, exchanges pleasantries, and gets reminded by AlphaTauri's media lady that he's OK to take off his face mask - the risk of infection over computers separated by 3500 miles is, after all, on the slim side.

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