AlphaTauri Boss Reveals Worrying “Reality” Which Could Haunt Aston Martin F1

Published 03/30/2021, 6:37 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Franz Tost, the man leading AlphaTauri in Formula One, thinks that their rival Aston Martin don’t have a good car, and further stated that the rear of the car is unstable.

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In the opening round in Bahrain, the Silverstone team struggled. Vettel started his race at the back of the grid and finished 15th. However, his Canadian teammate, Lance Stroll, finished 10th and earned a single point for the team.

Meanwhile, at AlphaTauri, rookie driver Yuki Tsunoda took 9th place, which earned him and the team 2 points. However, Gasly didn’t see the chequered flag as he had a retirement.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

AlphaTauri boss doesn’t think Aston Martin have a good car

In a report by Sport1’s AvD Motor und Sport Magazin, as quoted by PlanetF1, Tost said, “Theory is one thing, reality is another. In reality, the car is not that good, it is very unstable at the rear end.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel arrives at the circuit ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

When asked about Sebastian Vettel, a driver Tost worked with during his days at Toro Rosso (AlphaTauri), he added, “With his experience, he can bring a team forward. He knows how to win races and world championships.”

Vettel states that the team learned a lot from the Bahrain Grand Prix

The four-time world champion’s new chapter at Aston Martin didn’t get off to the best start. Vettel had to serve a five-place grid penalty, which saw him start from 20. The German also had a collision with Alpine’s Ocon, which got him a 10-second penalty. While he apologized to the Frenchman after the race, he finished 15th in the race and hence couldn’t score a point.

“There are a lot of things that we learned in the race that we need to address,” said the German as quoted by The Race. “We’ll see how quickly we can fix them. I’m not at home in the car, there are a lot of things fighting me so that I can’t really focus on driving.

“We need to address them and try to fix them. I obviously adapt to how the car wants to be driven, but there are a lot of things that add a certain inconsistency that don’t help so these things we need to get on top of.”

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“We tried a lot with the car and with the set-up and there are a lot of things that still don’t work the way they should. Once we fix them and we get on top of the set-up, we’ll know where the car wants to be fast, then it can only get better,” Vettel concluded.

The Silverstone-based team hopes by the time they get to the second race of the season in Italy, they can perform better. As for Vettel, he will aim to have a better race and will try to score some points for himself and the team.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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