FIA F1 Barcelona February TESTING II – Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda (Test Day 26.02.20)

Established in 2006 as a squad in which young drivers from Red Bull’s prodigious talent pool could cut their F1 teeth, AlphaTauri – originally named Toro Rosso – were formed from the ashes of the plucky Minardi team.

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BARCELONA CATALUNIYA CIRCUIT, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 2020: Daniil Kvyat & Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri AT01 during the pre-season testing at Barcelona Grand Prix Circuit on February 26, 2020. © ASppaImages ANO Photoagency Tel: +7 (968) 948-5103 email: aspressphoto@gmail.com Photographer Aleksandr B. Seregin

Sebastian Vettel gave validity to the approach almost immediately, delivering a fairy-tale win in 2008, before going on to enjoy world championship success with parent team Red Bull Racing. Today the ethos of nurturing talent still holds true, though the Italian squad are no longer simply a ‘B team’ but a constructor in their own right…

Full Team NameScuderia AlphaTauri Honda
BaseFaenza, Italy
Team ChiefFranz Tost
Technical ChiefJody Egginton
ChassisAT01
Power UnitHonda
First Team Entry1985
World ChampionshipsN/A
Highest Race Finish1 (x1)
Pole Positions1
Fastest Laps1

2019

In their final season under the Toro Rosso name, enjoy their most successful campaign to date, scoring 85 points and securing sixth in the standings. Mid-season driver swap sees Pierre Gasly return from Red Bull Racing, the Frenchman responding to his ‘demotion’ with a spectacular maiden podium in Brazil.

2018

A year of transition as the team move to Honda power, laying the groundwork for Red Bull Racing doing the same in 2019. Pierre Gasly stars, securing their best result of the year with fourth place in Bahrain and making several Q3 appearances. Ninth in the constructor standings hides solid progress that bodes well for the future.

2017

Another season, another seventh-placed finish, despite a move to Renault power (as used by parent team Red Bull) and despite starting the year with one driver line-up – Carlos Sainz (released to Renault as a new Honda engine deal is agreed for 2018) and Daniil Kvyat (dropped after erratic form) – and ending it with another – Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly.

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