Scuderia AlphaTauri pulled the covers off its 2021 car – the AT02 – that will be raced this season by Pierre Gasly and F1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda.
AlphaTauri’s charger, which was unveiled digitally in Salzburg, at the new showroom of Red Bull’s premium fashion brand, features an all-new matte blue and white livery.
The Faenza-based squad enjoyed a banner year in 2020 thanks to Gasly’s shock win at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, a triumph achieved 12 years after the team’s maiden F1 victory with Sebastian Vettel at Monza in 2008.
This year, AlphaTauri has opted to pair Gasly with highly rated Tsunoda who will become the first Japanese driver to race in F1 since Kamui Kobayashi in 2014.
Tsunoda’s promotion to F1 comes off the back of a consistent rise through the junior ranks and a third-place finish in the 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship
“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,” explained Team Principal, 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.”
Despite Tsunoda’s rookie status, Gasly believes his 20-year-old team will contribute to AlphaTauri’s progress in 2021.
“I’m ready to take on the role of team leader,” said the Frenchman who has fully recovered from a bout of COVID-19 over the winter.
“Yuki is a very quick driver, and he will help us move the team forward – we will work together to achieve that.
“I really believe last year was the team’s best in terms of the way it worked, the development, the performance and the way it managed the race weekends.
“I’m always hungry for more, and I’m sure we can achieve great things in 2021.”
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Tsunoda has been fully focused on his preparations for his maiden season of Grand Prix racing.
“I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time with Scuderia AlphaTauri ahead of the season, so I’m already developing strong relationships and learning a lot from them – including Pierre, who is an incredible talent,” he said.
“My main goal is to learn quickly and deliver results as soon as possible, and I’m really excited to get started.”
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