AlphaTauri’s F1 team boss Franz Tost says Honda is responsible for 70% of the progress of their new car for 2021 in the year the teams were forced to use last year’s chassis. AlphaTauri finished last season in seventh place with Gasly’s win at Monza, and in the next race of this year’s calendar in Imola last year, they qualified and finished in fourth place.
Gasly, as their faster driver in the first race, finished fifth in qualifying, but damaged his front wing and nose in a duel with Ricciardo in McLaren and fell to the back of the standings while debutant Tsunoda finished 13th and won first points in Formula 1.
Tost praised the Japanese engine manufacturer, which is retiring from Formula 1 at the end of the season, although Red Bull and AlphaTauri will use their engines after this season under the name Red Bull Powertrains. “We’ve made little progress with the chassis,” Tost told Speedweek.
"But the main advantage comes from Honda, which has developed a much more powerful engine." "I'd say 70% of the progress comes from Honda and 30% from the car." “Fifth place in the constructors’ standings must be our goal this season, ”Tost said after finishing seventh last year, with the best placements in 2008 and 2019 when they finished sixth under the Toro Rosso name.
"I want to thank everyone at Honda for putting so much effort into the winter months to provide us with such a competitive powertrain that is key to our performance." "Although I expected a better result in the first race, we did not manage to achieve it, but such a strong package makes me happy ahead of the next race in Imola."
Gasly and Tsunoda
Tost also looked back at the races of his two drivers Gasly and Tsunoda who showed great potential despite missed opportunities for a better result. “Pierre’s race was compromised due to floor damage which meant a huge loss of performance.
But regardless of that, in the last section, he showed fantastic speed and was one of the fastest. " "Unfortunately, towards the end of the race, we had to pull him out due to a gear problem which we will have to investigate further."
"Yuki showed a lot of good overtaking, I believe he had the most, and his speed was also very competitive." “He deserved ninth place and it was really nice to see him fight Kimi, Lance, and others. I think we can look forward to the season ahead of us. He is the first Japanese to win points in his first race and it is great that he achieved that result with us. ”