Yuki Tsunoda hailed after being spotted in Faenza

Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda has been spotted in the streets of Faenza, helping the local community clean up.

AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda has been seen in Faenza joining the local community in a clean up after deadly flooding hit the region.

This weekend’s Imola Grand Prix was cancelled due to the impact of the stormy weather, with fears that a nearby river would burst its banks and completely flood the track.

With fears for the safety of staff and fans high, the circuit was evacuated on Tuesday, leading to a conversation between Formula 1 officials and local authorities on cancelling the race.

With drivers not racing this weekend, Tsunoda joined AlphaTauri staff in the Italian town, helping the local community recover by cleaning up the damage caused by the flood water.

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13 people have been confirmed dead and 13,000 have had to flee their homes due to the floods, with more than 20 rivers having burst their banks and nearly 300 landslides reported in the region.

Faenza, home to AlphaTauri’s factory, was one of the worst hit areas, with staff fleeing their homes and sleeping at the team’s base.

Tsunoda’s show of support for the residents of AlphaTauri’s hometown received significant praise on social media, as fans shared images of the Japanese driver hard at work.

“We need more drivers like Tsunoda and Lewis Hamilton,” one fan said.

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“Tell me you are Japanese without telling me you are Japanese,” another added.

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“Yuki is amazing! He has to stay in F1. Great human being and he’s showing incredible consistency this year,” a user stated, referring to Tsunoda’s impressive consistency this season.

The Japanese driver has recorded three 11th place finishes and two P10 results, securing both of AlphaTauri’s points this season.

On the other side of the garage, Nyck de Vries remains pointless, one of two drivers on the grid to have not secured a top ten finish this year.