The Japanese youngster debuted in Formula One during the 2021 season. He became the first Japanese driver in the queen of motorsport since Kamui Kobayashi, who raced there in 2014 for the last time. Tsunoda made some mistakes, and his teammate Gasly defeated him by 49 points. However, Tsunoda showed a good pace as well. He shone the most in Abu Dhabi, where he crossed the line in fourth place.