Reworked blue and white livery for the second season under Red Bull’s fashion brand with race winner Pierre Gasly joined in the team’s line-up by Japan’s Yuki Tsunoda, who impressed in a single season of F2
Last Updated: 19/02/21 8:21am
AlphaTauri have taken the wraps off their car for the 2021 Formula 1 season, the AT02, in the second launch event of pre-season.
Unveiled by drivers Pierre Gasly and new signing Yuki Tsunoda in a pre-recorded digital event, the livery has been slightly reworked from last season with blue now the predominant colour.
Entering the second year under the name of Red Bull’s fashion label, the former Toro Rosso team are aiming to build on a strong 2020.
Although a seventh-place finish was one spot lower than 2019, the team scored more points from fewer races and won just the second race in their history with Gasly at their home race of Monza in September.
“The decision to go for Pierre and Yuki in 2021 was taken because Scuderia AlphaTauri’s philosophy is still to give talented young drivers from the Red Bull Junior Program the opportunity to step up to F1 and to educate them – this is why Yuki now gets his chance,” said team boss Franz Tost.
“With Pierre on Yuki’s side we have an experienced driver, who can help our Japanese rookie to develop faster, but at the same time we can aim for good results.
“I think this pair is the best possible scenario to achieve both our targets, and I’m also confident this will be a successful one.”
Gasly has rebuilt his reputation back at Red Bull’s junior team since an ill-fated brief stint at their main team and said he is “ready to take on the role of team leader” after the departure of the more experienced Daniil Kvyat.
More to follow…