World Franz Tost: AlphaTauri must not have four more failures in 2021

13:13  19 february  2021
13:13  19 february  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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AlphaTauri's season goal for 2021 is clear: "We mustn't make any mistakes." Team boss Franz Tost emphasized this during the presentation of the new AT02 car in Salzburg. The Austrian hopes that his team can build on the successes of the previous year and avoid unnecessary mistakes.

"In 2020 AlphaTauri was a midfield team, we fought successfully against other teams such as McLaren, Renault and Racing Point. But our goal this year is to be constantly at the top of the midfield and to keep improving," said the Austrian on Friday.

To achieve this goal, it is essential to "avoid reliability problems" and to finish all races on the points, Tost knows. "That can only happen if we don't make mistakes, so we have to be 100 percent focused on our work because our competition will be difficult to beat."

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Last year AlphaTauri, formerly Toro Rosso, finished a total of 15 of 17 races in the points - ten grands prix even in a row. In addition, Pierre Gasly achieved a minor sensation with his victory in Monza, Italy. Together with Daniil Kwjat, who will be replaced by Yuki Tsunoda in 2021, he got the most points (107) in team history .

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However, this yield was only enough for World Championship rank seven . The team from Faenza had to record a total of four failures. "I can't forget that we failed four times - three outages due to reliability issues and once because of an accident that Pierre was involved in."

Those were "missed opportunities" for his squad, emphasizes Tost. The four zero numbers 2020: On the Hungary weekend, Gasly experienced a streak of bad luck that began on Friday with engine problems. The Honda engine was swapped for the race, but due to a transmission problem it was only able to complete 15 laps.

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In the first race at Silverstone, Kwjat had a serious accident in Maggott's , later a mechanical problem was identified that caused a tire damage. In Imola Gasly clashed with Red Bull colleague Max Verstappen, for both the race was over after a few meters.

In Imola, Gasly had technical bad luck again: a cooling damage meant the end after only nine laps. "We have to try to avoid such situations. So there is still a bit of work ahead of us, but as a team we are focusing on preparing ourselves as well as possible for the new season," explains Tost.

The Tyrolean hopes that the new car can meet expectations. "Because if our drivers have a competitive car, I think we can have an even better season this year."

Praise for "very quick" pit stops

Tost already described the previous year as a "reasonably good season". The team has developed in many aspects: On the aerodynamics side, "good steps have been taken in the right direction", the design department has also optimized all processes and thus ensured that everything runs smoothly.

On the operational side, the team boss was particularly satisfied with the "very fast" pit stops. "They helped us achieve pretty good results last year. Thanks to all this work, we were able to achieve the highlight of our season in Monza with Pierre Gasly's first win."

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