Scuderia AlphaTauri

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Italy AlphaTauri-Honda
Scuderia Alpha-Tauri.svg
Full nameScuderia AlphaTauri Honda
BaseFaenza, Italy
Team principal(s)Helmut Marko
(Advisor to Red Bull GmbH)
Franz Tost
(Team Principal)
Team ManagerGraham Watson
Technical directorJody Egginton[1]
Founder(s)Dietrich Mateschitz
Websitescuderiaalphatauri.com
Previous nameScuderia Toro Rosso
2021 Formula One World Championship
Race drivers10. France Pierre Gasly[2]
22. Japan Yuki Tsunoda[3]
Test drivers23. Thailand Alex Albon[4]
ChassisAlphaTauri AT02[5]
EngineHonda RA621H[6]
TyresPirelli
Formula One World Championship career
First entry2020 Austrian Grand Prix
Last entry2021 Qatar Grand Prix
Races entered37
EnginesHonda
Constructors'
Championships
0
Drivers'
Championships
0
Race victories1
Podiums2
Points219
Pole positions0
Fastest laps1
2020 position7th (107 pts)

Scuderia AlphaTauri, or simply AlphaTauri, and competing as Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda, is an Italian Formula One racing team and constructor. It is one of two Formula One constructors owned by Austrian beverage company Red Bull, the other being Red Bull Racing. The constructor was rebranded for the 2020 Formula One World Championship from "Toro Rosso" to "AlphaTauri" in order to promote the AlphaTauri fashion brand.[7] According to Franz Tost and Helmut Marko, Scuderia AlphaTauri is no longer the junior team but the sister team to Red Bull Racing.[8]

Origins[edit]

In September 2019, Toro Rosso announced their intention to change their naming rights for the 2020 championship. It was announced on 1 December 2019 that the team had selected "AlphaTauri" as their new moniker to promote parent company Red Bull's fashion label of the same name by purchasing Toro Rosso's naming rights. Thus, they became Scuderia AlphaTauri and retired the Scuderia Toro Rosso moniker after fourteen years.[9] The team's involvement in Formula One can be traced back to the 1985 season when they first competed as Minardi. The team has been owned by Red Bull GmbH since the 2006 season.

Racing history[edit]

2020[edit]

An AT01 driven by Pierre Gasly during pre-season testing

AlphaTauri had Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly drive for them in their debut season.[10] The team remained with the Honda engine, being the team's engine partner since the 2018 season.[11] Sérgio Sette Câmara, Sébastien Buemi, and Jüri Vips were signed as the team's test drivers.[12][13][14] The team achieved its first podium finish and race victory under the AlphaTauri name at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, which also marked Pierre Gasly's first race victory and the first win for a French Formula One driver since Olivier Panis won the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix, 24 years prior. AlphaTauri ended the year in 7th place on 107 points, 75 for Gasly and 32 for Kvyat.[15]

2021[edit]

For the 2021 season, AlphaTauri retained Gasly and signed Yuki Tsunoda to replace Kvyat.[2][3] Gasly scored the team's first podium of the year by finishing in third place at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Gasly also consolidated this by finishing 4th at the Dutch and Mexico City Grands Prix. Tsunoda's best finish so far has been 6th place at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

2022[edit]

Both drivers have been retained for the 2022 season.[16] AlphaTauri will be using the Red Bull-branded Honda engines due to the former's subsequent takeover of the Honda engine programme due to Honda exiting Formula One at the conclusion of the 2021 season.[17]

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Points WCC
2020 AT01 Honda RA620H 1.6 V6 t P AUT STY HUN GBR 70A ESP BEL ITA TUS RUS EIF POR EMI TUR BHR SKH ABU 107 7th
France Pierre Gasly 7 15 Ret 7 11 9 8 1 Ret 9 6 5 Ret 13 6 11 8
Russia Daniil Kvyat 12dagger 10 12 Ret 10 12 11 9 7 8 15 19 4 12 11 7 11
2021 AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6 t P BHR EMI POR ESP MON AZE FRA STY AUT GBR HUN BEL NED ITA RUS TUR USA MXC SAP QAT SAU ABU 112* 6th*
France Pierre Gasly 17† 7 10 10 6 3 7 Ret 9 11 5F 6 4 Ret 13 6 Ret 4 7 11
Japan Yuki Tsunoda 9 12 15 Ret 16 7 13 10 12 10 6 15 Ret DNS 17 14 9 Ret 15 13
Source:[18]
Notes
  • * – Season still in progress.
  • – Driver did not finish the Grand Prix but was classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.
  • – Half points awarded as less than 75% of the race distance was completed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Discover The Scuderia AlphaTauri Managers!". Scuderia AlphaTauri. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b "AlphaTauri confirm Pierre Gasly is to remain with the team for 2021". Formula1.com. 28 October 2020. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Tsunoda to make F1 racing debut with AlphaTauri in 2021, in place of Kvyat". www.formula1.com. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Meet Alexander". Scuderia AlphaTauri. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  5. ^ "AlphaTauri name date to reveal 2021 F1 car – the AT02". Formula1.com. 4 February 2021. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Honda to power Red Bull and Toro Rosso in 2021". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. 27 November 2019. Archived from the original on 28 November 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Toro Rosso's name change to AlphaTauri confirmed in provisional 2020 entry list". F1. Formula One World Championship. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  8. ^ Delaney, Michael (16 February 2020). "Marko upgrades AlphaTauri from junior to sister bull team". F1i.com. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  9. ^ Coch, Mat (29 September 2019). "Toro Rosso to be renamed AlphaTauri for 2020". speedcafe.com. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Toro Rosso to stick with Kvyat and Gasly in 2020". F1. Formula One World Championship. 12 November 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  11. ^ Straw, Edd. "Toro Rosso announces 'multi-year' deal for Honda F1 engine supply". Autosport. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  12. ^ Khorounzhiy, Valentin (9 March 2020). "Ex-McLaren F1 Reserve returns to Red Bull fold in Test Driver role". autosport.com. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Sébastien Buemi". SCUDERIA ALPHATAURI. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  14. ^ "F2 racer Vips handed Red Bull and AlphaTauri reserve duties for Turkish Grand Prix". 12 November 2020. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  15. ^ "2020". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  16. ^ Noble, Jonathon (10 September 2021). "Tsunoda surprised AlphaTauri handed him new F1 contract". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  17. ^ "Red Bull agree deal to run Honda engine technology until 2025". www.formula1.com. 15 February 2021. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  18. ^ "AlphaTauri – Grands Prix started". StatsF1. Retrieved 5 March 2021.

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