Red Bull Technology behind Toro Rosso’s 2019 success?

AlphaTauri principal Franz Tost has suggested that the team’s relationship with Red Bull Technology was the key factor behind their 2019 achievements.

In their final season as Toro Rosso the team picked up 85 points as they secured P6 in the Constructors’ Championship, while Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly each recorded a podium finish.

But in 2019 Toro Rosso grew closer to their sister team Red Bull then ever before with both using Honda power, while the duo also shared more components thanks to Red Bull Technology.

And Tost made it clear that these closer ties were a key factor behind his team’s strong 2019.

“There is absolutely no doubt that the performance we have shown was a result to a very high percentage coming from the synergies with Red Bull Technology,” Tost told Motorsport.com.

“Because you must not forget that Red Bull Technology has most of the experienced engineers on their side, and for me this is maybe the best technical office or at least on a very high level with the three top teams.

“And we can only profit out of this synergy, and therefore we do it.

“We will get the complete rear end from them once more [in 2020]. Even if it’s one year old, because we are running the rear end and front suspension which Red Bull Racing raced last year.

“But nevertheless, this is a higher advantage for us than if we do it ourselves, because we have neither the financial resources nor the engineers. We can then concentrate in other areas where we can improve the performance.”

The midfield pack was a very competitive environment to say the least in 2019, so Tost hopes AlphaTauri can make further gains this year.

“We are all not slowing down,” he said.

“I hope that we will speed up more than the others! It depends how competitive the new car will be, and how much progress also Honda will come up with. But generally speaking we should have quite a good package because the car now is on a certain level.

“We have two experienced drivers, and Honda will work very hard during the winter months to improve the performance.

“It will become very difficult because you have to find the balance of the development of the car for 2020, but you also must not forget to be concentrated on the research and development for the 2021 car.

“And this depends also on the financial resources which you have. And of course, the three top teams have a big advantage. We know this, but nevertheless, we will push very hard to hopefully come up in 2020 with a good car, and also in 2021.”

For the first time AlphaTauri have an experienced driver line-up on their hands for 2020 in the form of Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat.

And while this is of course a huge benefit to the team, Tost also thinks it offers Red Bull the flexibility they want.

“From the experience side we have the best driver line-up ever,” he explained.

“It always depends on the situation. It could be that in 2021 we’ll have a young driver in the team. Currently it’s not necessary.

“I think currently, we’re in a better position to keep these drivers because if something happens at Red Bull Racing, they can take an experienced driver from us. And this is quite a position where you can start to work from. It’s exactly what Red Bull wants to achieve, it is to be flexible.”

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AlphaTauri targeting top five finish in 2020

AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost hopes his experienced driver pairing of Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly can help them break into F1’s top five in 2020.

Formerly known as Toro Rosso, the team rebranded for 2020 to promote Red Bull’s fashion brand AlphaTauri, but they will head into the season off the back of their best campaign to date in the sport last year.

Two podium finishes helped the team to P6 in the Constructors’, while they have retained the services of Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly, making it the most experienced line-up the Red Bull junior team have had.

So now, Tost hopes the duo will have a car that they can use to propel AlphaTauri up the grid.

“We never had such experienced drivers and it depends now how competitive the car will be,” he told RACER.

“I hope that we will do a step forward there as well and then the target is quite clear: We have to improve our performance and we have to finish in the top five in the constructors’ championship.

“I hope (Renault is in reach). It depends now who is building a better car. Who is making more progress with the new car and who is developing it in a better way during the season. I hope it will be AlphaTauri.”

The team don’t enjoy the kind of budget that Renault do, but their technical relationship with Red Bull does prove to be a massive boost.

“We improved in comparison to 2018 quite a lot in all the different areas. We were much better on the aerodynamic side, but also on the mechanical side thanks to Red Bull Technology, because we had the previous year’s suspension in the car — front and rear — the gearbox from them and the hydraulic system from them, which helped us a lot,” Tost explained.

“It also helped the reliability, because I think we were second in those terms.

“We also made good progress with the vehicle performance, came up with some new solutions which improved the performance of the car. We had a better understanding of how to handle the tires and how to manage the tires, and the race team made some good steps forward.

“We had some really competitive pit stops as well, although there were some ups and downs that we have to improve. And we had at least three very good drivers!

“If you work together with a partner then over time you get a better understanding from both sides. I expect that we will get good cooperation this year and that the team will make another step forward thanks to Red Bull Technology.”

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Tost targets step up to top-five for AlphaTauri in 2020

Team boss Franz Tost ambitions to see AlphaTauri – formerly known as Toro Rosso – improve its position in the pecking order in 2020 and target a spot among the sport’s top five.

The Faenza-based squad, which has adopted the name of Red Bull’s fashion brand, finished sixth in the 2019 Constructors’ standings, its best result in the championship since the team entered F1 in 2006.

But Tost believes that AlphaTauri’s experienced 2020 line-up made up of Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat should allow it to move up at least another notch this season.

“We never had such experienced drivers and it depends now how competitive the car will be,” Tost told RACER.

“I hope that we will do a step forward there as well and then the target is quite clear: We have to improve our performance and we have to finish in the top five in the constructors’ championship.

“I hope (Renault is in reach). It depends now who is building a better car. Who is making more progress with the new car and who is developing it in a better way during the season. I hope it will be Alpha Tauri.”

Fighting consistently at the top of F1’s midfield against better funded rivals McLaren and Renault is a tall order for AlphaTauri.

©ToroRosso

But Tost contends that it’s a realistic target given the team’s close technical relationship with sister outfit Red Bull Racing.

“We improved in comparison to 2018 quite a lot in all the different areas,” Tost explained.

“We were much better on the aerodynamic side, but also on the mechanical side thanks to Red Bull Technology, because we had the previous year’s suspension in the car — front and rear — the gearbox from them and the hydraulic system from them, which helped us a lot. It also helped the reliability, because I think we were second in those terms.

“We also made good progress with the vehicle performance, came up with some new solutions which improved the performance of the car.

©AlphaTauri

“We had a better understanding of how to handle the tyres and how to manage the tyres, and the race team made some good steps forward.

“We had some really competitive pit stops as well, although there were some ups and downs that we have to improve. And we had at least three very good drivers!

“If you work together with a partner then over time you get a better understanding from both sides. I expect that we will get good cooperation this year and that the team will make another step forward thanks to Red Bull Technology.”

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