The Hangar-7 in Austria saw the ‘incipit’ of the brand-new team AlphaTauri, the former Toro Rosso.
After 14 years of the Faenza based squad a new team name will be spread over the pit garages: after having launched Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Alex Albon, the team is ready to tackle another challenging season with the two drivers confirmed for 2020; Russian Daniil Kvyat, stepped down from major team Red Bull in 2016 but more mature than ever, and French Pierre Gasly, following the same path of teammate but being able to grab a maiden podium in Brazil later this year.
Franz Tost confirmed Team Principal. Here his words:
We are satisfied with our achievements, but now we are hungry for more, we made excellent progress on the technical front and in terms of how we manage the race weekend, so we intend to build on that to improve further. 2020 will be a special challenge for all the teams, as we have to develop two car concepts because of the new regulations for 2021
Daniil Kvyat, #26:
You can always improve yourself, so I’ll keep working on that and my personal improvement as a driver, try to get as many good finishes for the team in order to help secure a good position in the championship. 2019 was a good year for me, with ten top-10 finishes and a podium finish in Hockenheim, so it’s definitely a year to remember, but there’s obviously room for improvement. I wouldn’t say I’ve set myself any specific targets for this year, I want to keep doing what I was doing, but better
Pierre Gasly, #10:
There is always something to learn. This will only be my third season in Formula 1. I feel better prepared than last year, as I have a bit more experience. We must continue to push and it will be important to perform consistently, scoring points throughout the season. We have to seize every opportunity, just as we did last year