Yuki Tsunoda will test for AlphaTauri in Abu Dhabi next week as the prospects of the Japanese youngster graduating to Formula 1 in 2021 grow.
Tsunoda has emerged as Red Bull and Honda’s leading protégé through 2020 and last weekend sealed third in the Formula 2 standings, finishing as highest rookie, 15 points down on champion Mick Schumacher.
AlpahTauri has so far only confirmed Pierre Gasly for 2021 and Tsunoda is the front-runner for the seat currently occupied by Daniil Kvyat.
Kvyat has repeatedly indicated that he is unlikely to remain with the team for next season.
Tsunoda’s presence at the post-season Abu Dhabi test, scheduled for December 15, has long been expected and was officially confirmed by AlphaTauri on Tuesday.
“I am really looking forward to testing with AlphaTauri,” said Tsunoda.
“I enjoyed driving one of the team’s 2018 cars at Imola a few weeks back and I can’t wait to try the current car, taking part in an official test session with all the other cars on track.
“I really appreciate how everyone at AlphaTauri has helped me to prepare for this session, and I also want to thank Red Bull and Dr. Marko for giving me this opportunity.
“During the session, my focus will be on following the team’s instructions and giving my feedback to the engineers. It will also be a chance for me to learn as much as possible and help my own personal development.”