AlphaTauri launched their striking new livery for the 2021 season, and both drivers gave their ambitions for the year.
The AT02 is the second car since the team rebranded as AlphaTauri in 2020. The team is not known for changing liveries too often with essentially only two looks during the Toro Rosso days from 2006-19.
To have an updated livery for their second season is welcome.
dropping the AT(oh!)2 like it's hot 🔥
— Scuderia AlphaTauri (@AlphaTauriF1) February 19, 2021
The 20-year old Yuki Tsunoda has made the step up after just one year in F2 (where he finished third) and will partner race winner Pierre Gasly, who returns for his fourth year with the team.
Tsunoda said his aim was to be the first Japanese F1 race winner. He’s the first representative of the Land of the Rising Sun since Kamui Kobayashi, the last Japanese podium sitter, bowed out of the sport in 2014.
Tsunoda said: “I just want to beat the other drivers and I also want to be the first Japanese driver to win a race in Formula 1.”
“My main goal for this season is to learn quickly and deliver results as soon as possible. I must always do the best I can and then we will see how the season plays out.”
“The biggest thing for me though, will be lining up on the grid with so many superstars of the sport – it’s an absolute honour to be competing against some of the greatest drivers in the world.”
The AT02 design is dominated from front and above-view by a lighter shade of blue than on last year’s car, which was predominantly white with a dark blue secondary colour.
White is only used for logos and a wave pattern running along the lower third of the car which also features Honda’s logo on the rear wing, in their last year of participation in F1.
Pierre Gasly has had great success in the last three products from the Faenza team, including its second win and third ever podium over the last two years.
Last season he was arguably a top-five driver, turning his career and reputation around after a torrid stint at Red Bull.
He said: “I’m always hungry for more, so I’m sure we can achieve great things also in 2021.”
“Last year, we had a car that allowed us to fight with them and I got through to Q3 quite often. This year I hope we can make a step up, that will allow us to be nearer the front of the midfield.”
AlphaTauri finished in seventh in the Constructors standings in 2020, just behind Ferrari in sixth.