AlphaTauri announce Red Bull-inspired upgrades for Singapore

11 Sep, 2023

AlphaTauri sits 10th overall in the standings, failing to produce a car consistently capable of points in 2023. Despite the best efforts of Yuki Tsunoda, the Faenza-based outfit has struggled to compete for the top 10 this season.

It would be unfair to dismiss AlphaTauri’s efforts this year completely. They are rarely the slowest team over a race weekend, fighting for Q2 appearances across various tracks. However, unlike rivals Williams, the AT04 has few “strong” circuits.

Even on their best weekends, the Italian outfit is reliant on faster teams having retirements to score points.

Perhaps more concerningly for AlphaTauri, their performance has slowly worsened throughout 2023. Yuki Tsunoda made P11 results something of a habit to start the season, narrowly missing out in Bahrain and Jeddah – for example.

However, the mid-season resurgence of Williams and McLaren pushed Franz Tost’s team further down the pecking order.

This contributed to Red Bull’s recent commitments to make changes at AlphaTauri. Among these changes, according to Helmut Marko, will be increased collaboration between the sister teams.

Speaking in a recent interview, team CEO Peter Bayer outlined that upgrades will be fitted to the AT04 in Singapore. These changes will push the team towards the Red Bull concept:

“This year, we’ve seen some amazing changes in the results scheme, when suddenly Aston Martin popped up, and suddenly McLaren popped up,” he told PlanetF1.

“But I think that’s really down to the fact they all understood what Red Bull Racing did in terms of design philosophy…

“We actually have a big upgrade coming for Singapore, which will follow the same philosophy. 

“So everybody’s closing in on that, and then I think next year will be extremely close.”

From a business perspective, it is understandable that Red Bull is implementing changes at AlphaTauri. After all, the first team cannot be first in the standings whilst its second team languishes at the back.

Moreover, a more competitive package (as seen in 2021) will make it easier for Red Bull to evaluate its young drivers.

Bayer emphasised that AlphaTauri will “exploit technical collaboration” with the main team (within the regulations) to deliver more performance.

For Yuki Tsunoda and Liam Lawson, this news offers hope for a more competitive car in Singapore

In the battle for P8 in the constructors, which will see Alfa Romeo and Haas bring important updates in upcoming rounds, these changes could be decisive.

Author: Jaden Diaz-Ndisang



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