Iwasa will participate in trials in Japan

Iwasa will participate in trials in Japan

The Red Bull team has announced that Japanese Ayumu Iwasa will take part in the first free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix in ten days, in the Racing Bulls single-seater of Daniel Ricciardo.

For several years, Formula 1 teams have been required to have a young driver participate in at least two free practice sessions during the season. Most often, teams wait until the end of the season, but Red Bull, or rather its satellite team Racing Bulls, decided to trust Ayumu Iwasa from the fourth Grand Prix. In Japan in ten days, the 22-year-old driver will sit in Daniel Ricciardo’s car during the free practice session, and will have his compatriot Yuki Tsunoda as a teammate. The Osaka native was crowned French Formula 4 champion in 2020 and has been a member of the Red Bull Academy since 2021.

He took part in the Formula 2 world championship in 2022 and 2023, finishing fifth then fourth in the standings, before entering this year in Super Formula, the biggest Asian automobile competition. This will not be Iwasa’s first experience in Formula 1, having already taken part in the post-season test in Abu Dhabi last November driving the AlphaTauri, the former name of Racing Bulls. “I’m very excited to drive an F1 car again… and this is my first official F1 session. I’m very excited to drive the Visa Cash App RB F1 Team car (the official name of the team, editor’s note) in front of the many fans present! », Reacted the young Japanese pilot.

Mixed start to the season for Racing Bulls

The Racing Bulls team has had a mixed start to the season, with a sixth place in the constructors’ standings and six points on the clock, all obtained on Sunday in Melbourne by Yuki Tsunoda. In Bahrain at the opening, Tsunoda finished 14th, just behind Ricciardo, then in Saudi Arabia, the Japanese finished 15th and the Australian 18th, before a good 7th place in Australia for Tsunoda, while Ricciardo could not do better than twelfth. So much so that a rumor is circulating in the paddock, according to which the experienced 34-year-old Australian could be replaced by New Zealander Liam Lawson (22 years old) during the season. He had already competed in five GPs last year to replace Ricciardo, who had broken his hand.

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