AlphaTauri F1 Boss Delivers a Harsh Verdict on Their 2021 Season Amid Alpine & Aston Martin Competition

Published 08/13/2021, 4:10 AM EDT


In the pre-season testing, AlphaTauri looked fast and looked like they might compete with McLaren for third in the championship run. Unfortunately, what looked like an explosive bomb at the beginning of the season just ended up fizzling out without a bang.

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The team has been far too inconsistent in its performances thus far. Although Pierre Gasly has continued his excellent form from 2020, rookie Yuki Tsunoda has been below par.

AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost has also stated that he is not fully happy with the team’s performances.

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How would Franz Tost rate the team’s season so far?

As reported by Formule1, the AlphaTauri team principal is happy that they have a competitive car. However, he believes the team should have scored more points in 11 races than they actually have.

“It’s somewhere in the middle. I would give it a five. A five out of ten.” said Tost. (Translated via Google Translate)

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021, AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly celebrates with team members after finishing in third place Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“There is still about 50 percent to improve. We’ve had some really good races, real highlights. When I look at the start of the season in general, we were very competitive, as we are now.”

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The Red Bull sister team, AlphaTauri, is currently involved in a fight for fifth in the constructors’ championship with Alpine and Aston Martin. Although the Italian team has been more competitive than its competitors, they are lagging behind in terms of results.

The best finish for the team has been Gasly‘s P3 in Baku while Alpine has a win and Aston Martin, a P2 standing. Tost also acknowledged that the results have not gone their way recently, especially when compared to their rivals.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021, AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda in action during practice REUTERS/Albert Gea

“The last three races, I wasn’t happy because we only scored four points. Of course, that wasn’t enough. It’s a tough fight. We have very strong teams close to us in the form of Aston Martin and Alpine. We have to get everything right to finish in fifth place,” said Tost.

As the season progresses, AlphaTauri’s gap to Aston Martin and Alpine just seems to be increasing. While the other two are improving quite rapidly, that doesn’t seem to be the case for the Italian team.

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With the summer break on, can AlphaTauri regroup and come back stronger at the Belgian GP?

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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