Pierre Gasly has said that AlphaTauri needs to extract more performance from their AT01 in order to meet their 2020 targets.
Last year AlphaTauri – then known as Toro Rosso – secured two podium results, their first since 2008, and they had their best result since joining Formula 1.
After such a successful year, the team are looking to improve on their sixth place finish in the constructors’ championship, and while Gasly was happy with the performance of the car in testing, he is also aware that they will need to improve the AT-01 if they are to achieve their targets.
“I think overall we are quite well prepared for the first couple of races, as the Barcelona tests went well.” commented Gasly.
“We were able to get a good initial understanding of the AT01.
“Reliability was very good and the performance seems to be in the right area.
“We still have a lot of work to do on the car to attain the goals we have set ourselves this year, but I’m very positive approaching the start of the season.
“At the moment we are satisfied with the level we have reached.
“We have improved the car, but we need to find some more performance to really be able to do what we want to do in 2020.
“We have made a step forward in terms of aero compared to last year, but I know we have more to come during the year.”
It is notoriously difficult to assess the pecking order during testing, and although the team were satisfied with the performance of their car in testing, Gasly admits that the Australian Grand Prix could provide a whole different picture, with the street circuit layout of Albert Park being vastly different to the Barcelona track.
“The Albert Park track is very different to Barcelona.” added the 24-year-old.
“It’s a street track, very bumpy with very low grip levels, so we might see another picture to the one that came out of winter testing.
“What is clear is that it is again going to be very tight in the midfield, even a bit closer than last year.”