Scuderia AlphaTauri (formerly known as Torro Rosso) is Red Bull Racing’s sister team, owned by the drinks brand – Red Bull GmbH, which also, you guessed it, owns the Red Bull Racing team that’s become synonymous with Formula 1 over the past decade.
Despite existing as AlphaTauri for barely a season, the Italian team’s origins in F1 stretch back to well over 3 decades ago in 1985, when it first entered F1 as Minardi.
Some of the hardcore fans may be familiar with Minardi, which developed a reputation for being a perennial backmarker team. Ultimately, Minardi transformed into Torro Rosso after the team’s owner – Paul Stoddart sold the Faenza based squad to Red Bull’s Dietrich Mateschitz.
And thus began the Italian team’s journey as ‘Torro Rosso’, which 13 years before the team renamed itself to Scuderia AlphaTauri from the 2020 season.
For the uninitiated, AlphaTauri is Red Bull’s fashion brand, founded in 2016 and based in Salzburg Austria. The name supposedly signifies a giant red star in the Taurus constellation.
In November 2019, F1 officially confirmed Torro Rosso’s transformation to AlphaTauri in the following season. The reason behind the name change appears to be due to Red Bull’s strategy in promoting its clothing franchise.
As part of its rebranding process, Torro Rosso unveiled a stunning new livery for the team’s 2020 car. AlphaTauri’s AT01 consists of a gorgeous white and blue livery that’s by far the best looking car on the grid.
Retaining its driver lineup from 2019, Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat currently drive for AlphaTauri.
The Italian team’s biggest achievement in its short span as AlphaTauri is undoubtedly winning the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. The team recreated its heroics on the same track 12 years ago as Torro Rosso, when Pierre Gasly clinched his first win in an unlikely scenario much like Sebastian Vettel did, over a decade ago.
As AlphaTauri, the team has scored 1 win and 59 points over the course of 10 races in the 2020 season.
Back in the team’s Torro Rosso days, the Faenza based outfit played the role of a junior team to Red Bull. Following the team’s rebranding, Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner referred to AlphaTauri as a sister team rather than a junior team.
AlphaTauri shares the same engine supplier in Honda with Red Bull. With the upcoming budget cap and major regulation changes, AlphaTauri is set to work a lot closer with Red Bull in developing its future cars.
AlphaTauri will benefit from increased time in wind tunnel testing and access to the same components and equipment as Red Bull Racing.
On the driver front, AlphaTauri like before, functions as the unofficial proving ground for young drivers hoping to make the step up to the senior team.
As per the team’s official website, AlphaTauri supports a single charity – Wings For Life– “a research foundation which is looking into ways of helping people with spinal injuries”, which is also backed by Red Bull.
AlphaTauri is sponsored by the likes of Moose, MyWorld, Edifice and Randstad to name a few.
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|Prize Money Won||52 million (2019)|
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|Drivers||Pierre Gasly, Daniil Kvyat|