2021 Alpha Tauri F1 Team

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Formula 1 sporting director Ross Brawn has praised AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda (20) for his impressive debut in Bahrain,
claiming the Japanese youngster is the "best rookie F1 has had for years".

"I'm really impressed with Yuki Tsunoda. I met him at the weekend for the first time and he's a really impressive character," Brawn wrote in his Bahrain GP debrief.

"He is quite amusing and his language in the car can be a bit fruity. He showed some brilliant spells in the race, which is encouraging considering it was his first F1 race.

"He is the best rookie F1 has had for years, having been fairly stunning in whatever series he has competed in. His promotion by Red Bull looks like a brilliant move."
https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/brawn-hails-tsunoda-as-f1 s-best-rookie-for-years/5975693/

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Singabule wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:30 am
bigblue wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:56 pm
https://www.scuderiaalphatauri.com/en/2021-bahrain-gp/
Unfortunately, we had to retire him towards the end of the race for a suspected gearbox issue that we need to investigate further.
Doesn't a DNF get you some penalty-free parts ? I think a new gearbox is one of (the only ?) new parts allowed.
New and more powerful Honda PU has taken its toll on 2019 gearbox and rear end design? Hopefully not
I'd bet my house this was an out of the points "retire to save PU miles because now we have seen an excuse on the data" retirement.

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More impressed with Yuki's performance than Perez . At the restart following safety car, he was only two places ahead of Perez and yet he managed to follow him closely for half the race. He still need to work a lot but he isnt being given as much credit for getting solid points on debut whilst coming from back of the field. Perez had the faster car so he benefitted but Yuki on his first race did an excellent job.

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nzjrs wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:19 pm
Singabule wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:30 am
bigblue wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:56 pm
https://www.scuderiaalphatauri.com/en/2021-bahrain-gp/



Doesn't a DNF get you some penalty-free parts ? I think a new gearbox is one of (the only ?) new parts allowed.
New and more powerful Honda PU has taken its toll on 2019 gearbox and rear end design? Hopefully not
I'd bet my house this was an out of the points "retire to save PU miles because now we have seen an excuse on the data" retirement.
If that was the case they would have retired the PU earlier. It's probably more along the lines of preventing damage to the rest of the powertrain due to the gearbox than saving miles.

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Franz Tost about the race, Monday from the circuit in this podcast. (German)
He said the team made to much mistakes, the car is very competitive, so 2 points is disappointing.

https://podcast.sport1.de/podcasts/avd- ... magazin-2/

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Wouter wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:30 pm
Franz Tost about the race, Monday from the circuit in this podcast. (German)
He said the team made to much mistakes, the car is very competitive, so 2 points is disappointing.

https://podcast.sport1.de/podcasts/avd- ... magazin-2/
I think they are really starting to believe they should be near the top of the midfield now. Good news and hopefully a good year!

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Looked to me the AT02 was the 3rd best car if it were on softs. It was unfortunate for Gasly to have the Mclaren's on softs take advantage of their tire choice on the restart and also for Ricciardo getting by when he did. Next race AT should slap on the softs and not let themselves be slower on the mediums when they are faster than their direct competitors who are on softs. Expect a mishap from Mazepin and a safety car, so go with the softs and be 3rd best car on the grid.

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ispano6 wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:18 am
Looked to me the AT02 was the 3rd best car if it were on softs. It was unfortunate for Gasly to have the Mclaren's on softs take advantage of their tire choice on the restart and also for Ricciardo getting by when he did. Next race AT should slap on the softs and not let themselves be slower on the mediums when they are faster than their direct competitors who are on softs. Expect a mishap from Mazepin and a safety car, so go with the softs and be 3rd best car on the grid.
They had tests at imola and car and drivers will be better there I think. Maybe a podium can be possible there.

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https://nl.motorsport.com/f1/live-text/ ... de-racerij

12:30 AlphaTauri plans upgrades for the next three races

AlphaTauri came out quite well during the winter test, but the opening race in Bahrain did not quite bring what the Italians had hoped for. Yuki Tsunoda did score the first points of the season for the small team, but Pierre Gasly soon saw his race be killed by a collision and a pit stop for a new nose. Yet people in Faenza do not give up. The stable has a great foundation with the powerful Honda V6 and technical director Jody Eggington expects aerodynamic upgrades to make the AT02 even more competitive. “We will have some new things in Imola, in Portugal and in Spain. We build it up step by step. But by the time we are in Spain (early May) we should have made a nice leap forward. ”

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Time to go behind the scenes with another All Access episode! We followed Yuki Tsunoda as he prepared for his first F1 weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix, capturing everything from his first media interviews to throwing his dirty laundry at his trainer - we also have a nice solo performance from Yuki as he sings one of his favourite tunes in Japanese!

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Could AlphaTauri be 2021 surprise after Bahrain ‘shocker’?
On paper a ninth place finish for rookie Yuki Tsunoda represented a solid if unspectacular start to the season for the Italian team. However, it was the pace that the AT02 showed on Saturday that really caught the attention of rivals.

Tsunoda sailed through Q1 in second after a lap that McLaren boss Andrea Seidl called "a bit of a shocker,” so impressive was it to the other midfield runners.

Indeed that form encouraged AlphaTauri to take a punt on the medium tyre for Q2, something that wouldn’t normally be on the team’s agenda. Pierre Gasly made it through in eighth place, but Tsunoda – caught out by the change of compound mid-session – had to settle for 13th.

Back on the softs for Q3, Gasly then secured fifth spot on the grid, behind only Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc.

it went wrong for the Frenchman in the race when wiped his front wing off in contact with Daniel Ricciardo. Meanwhile Tsunoda lost places after what he admitted was an over-cautious first F1 start. His subsequent strong recovery, which saw him take ninth from Lance Stroll on the last lap, gave some indication of the wasted potential.
https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/anal ... r/6166258/

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AlphaTauri improvement ‘70% Honda 30% car’

AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost believes that his outfit’s strong pace can largely be attributed to the stronger Honda engine.

Pierre Gasly claimed P5 on the grid for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, and it seemed that a strong haul of points was there for the taking before a collision with Daniel Ricciardo wrecked the Frenchman’s race.

Yuki Tsunoda on his debut lost a few positions at the start, but with overtakes on the likes of Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll worked his way back up to finish P9, securing points in his first outing.

“With Pierre the performance in qualifying was very good, it would almost became 4th place,” Tost reflected in conversation with SPEEDWEEK.com.

“For Yuki, we were wrong with the choice of tyres, he would have needed the option tyre [to make Q3], but on the other hand we did not want to have a discussion about different treatment or even a disadvantage.

“Pierre started well in the race, but the Safety Car after Nikita Mazepin’s accident hurt us a lot. His medium tyres took longer to reach temperature, so he was at a disadvantage compared to his immediate competitors on the soft compound and lost some places, which then also led to damage to the front wing. That was how his race was actually over.

“The most important thing for Yuki was to collect race kilometres. He did everything right, drove flawlessly. The ninth place was good, it could even have been a seventh or eighth. Pierre could have finished without the incident in P4 or P5, so we lost a lot of good points.”

Nonetheless, AlphaTauri take momentum into the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix from the fact that they appear to be in that battle with McLaren and Ferrari at the front of the midfield pack.

Further up the grid Red Bull look set for a title battle with Mercedes, armed with an improved Honda engine that also powers AlphaTauri.

And Tost believes that the Japanese manufacturer’s gains actually account for “70%” of AlphaTauri’s positive step.

“There have been small advances in the chassis, but the main advantage comes from Honda with a much stronger engine,” he said.

“I would say 70 percent of the improvement goes to Honda, 30 percent to the car.”

https://www.planetf1.com/news/alphataur ... ent-honda/

I expect a best of the rest type performance this weekend, let's not drop the ball here team!

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Alpha Tauri realy made good job for promoting Honda from very beginning of partnership and I think they also built very strong base for Redbull & Honda deal.
Now they had build a very good car too. I would like to see a few race wins for them this season, 4th would be great on standings.