Franz Tost rates AlphaTauri season 5/10 so far
Franz Tost is happy with the “competitive” start of his AlphaTauri team until 2021, but more is needed after the summer break.
Behind the clear leaders Mercedes and Red bull, the remainder of the constructors’ championship has been split into three groups, with AlphaTauri in the middle one.
Alongside Aston Martin and Alpine, the Italian team are fighting to end the 2021 P5 season in the ranking.
Currently, AlphaTauri resides a spot below that goal, nine points behind Alpine in P5, so after a fairly solid start to the season, Tost sees a “50%” window for his team to work and find further improvements on the five. out of ten that he currently gives them.
“It’s in the middle. I would say a five. A five means, out of 10, there is still 50% to improve, ”he said when asked to give AlphaTauri a grade for the first half of 2021.
“We had some very good races, some strong moments. When I look at the start of the season overall, we were very competitive, as we are now too.
“The last three races [before Budapest] I am not very satisfied, because we only scored four points. And of course, that was not enough.
“It’s a tough fight. We have very strong teams close to us, with Aston Martin and Alpine, and we have to regroup to finish in fifth position.
make a super constant effort in the first half 👏
the only team to score points in every race so far this season! ?? pic.twitter.com/EqrPlCiw6b
– Scuderia AlphaTauri (@ AlphaTauriF1) August 3, 2021
In a series like Formula 1 with so many twists and turns from round to round, AlphaTauri found himself on the right side of the drama at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
A chaotic race, started with a pair of multi-car crashes at the start in wet conditions, opened the door to a double as Pierre Gasly crossed the P5 line ahead of Yuki Tsunoda in P6.
However, the magnitude of those 18 points had to be offset by a P2 for Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, a result which is also worth 18 points.
But when the FIA was unable to complete standard fuel tests after the race on the AMR21, Vettel was disqualified from the Hungarian Grand Prix results, with Aston Martin’s right of review subsequently being revoked.
A huge boost for AlphaTauri in this battle of P5, as perhaps the departure of Rémi Taffin from Alpine.
A Renault stalwart for 20 years, Taffin rose through the ranks to Engine Technical Director in a career that saw him help Fernando Alonso win back-to-back world titles in 2005 and 2006.
It remains to be seen how this mutual decision to go their separate ways will affect the Alpine squad for the remainder of this season.