Red Bull’s second F1 team AlphaTauri will unveil their new 2021 F1 car on February 19, four days after McLaren will unveil their new Mercedes powered MCL35M.

On the eve of the 2020 F1 season, the Toro Rosso F1 team was renamed AlphaTauri, a Red Bull fashion brand, and finished last season in seventh place in the constructors’ standings.

Gasly achieved the best result of the season with a win at Monza, the second victory for the Faenza team after Vettel’s victory at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix, and the team gained from using more Red Bull’s components such as rear suspension which reduced costs and allowed them to focus on the development of other areas on the car.

This year, Kvyat will be replaced by F1 debutant Yuki Tsunoda from Japan, who made his Formula 2 debut last year and finished third, winning the Rookie of the Year title.

Tsunoda tested intensively with the 2018 Toro Rosso car, and yesterday he had a test in the 2019 Toro Rosso at Misano where he completed 119 laps.

Pre-season testing this year lasts only three days so any experience will be valuable for Tsunoda who admitted that in the first season there is no fear of mistakes that are inevitable for a driver without F1 experience.

AlphaTauri, like Red Bull, is awaiting the FIA’s decision to freeze engine development from 2022 that would allow them to use Honda engines after this season as the Japanese manufacturer will retire from F1 at the end of 2021.

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko recently stated that they do not have a plan B unless the FIA ​​freezes engine development from 2022 while the only realistic option in that case would be a return to the Renault engines they used from 2007 to the end of 2018.

2021 CAR LAUNCH DATES

McLaren

15 Feb

AlphaTauri

19 Feb

Alfa Romeo

22 Feb

Mercedes

2 Mar

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