Tost glad to keep away from foolish season distractions
AlphaTauri workforce principal Franz Tost says confirming his drivers for 2022 at this stage of the season will forestall distractions within the closing races of the 12 months.
Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda will stay with AlphaTauri subsequent season, offering stability for the workforce because it heads into the brand new laws. Whereas Gasly’s seat was by no means doubtful, Tsunoda’s inconsistent rookie 12 months might have prompted Purple Bull to delay confirming his seat. However Tost believes that having each of its drivers futures finalized with 9 races of the season provides each Tsunoda and AlphaTauri a greater probability of success this 12 months.
“Pierre’s growth within the years has been spectacular and in his time with us he managed to make it to all three steps of the rostrum,” Tost stated. “Beginning with the second place in Brazil in 2019, he then gained our residence Grand Prix the next 12 months in Monza and this 12 months he has already achieved a podium with a 3rd place in Baku.
“I’m assured there’s extra to return, and for this reason we’re excited to have him with us for one more season. Moreover, he’s utilizing his expertise in F1 to assist Yuki together with his growth. This 12 months we’ve got seen that the optimistic relationship between the 2, manufactured from a competitiveness on-track and a friendship off-track, has confirmed efficient for the workforce.
“Yuki has joined the workforce as a rookie and is constant to be taught on daily basis. The suggestions from the engineers exhibits that he’s absorbing all the knowledge given to him and enhancing. As a rookie, Yuki is barely at the start of this journey, so it’s good that he can proceed what we’ve began collectively.
“It’s nice for us to be securing our driver line-up so early within the season, so we are able to now give attention to the remainder of 2021, the place we’re in a tricky combat within the midfield pack.”
Affirmation of AlphaTauri’s line-up comes on the identical day George Russell was introduced as a Mercedes driver following Valtteri Bottas’ swap to Alfa Romeo. That leaves two seats at Williams and one at Alfa Romeo to be finalized, whereas the line-ups at Aston Martin and Haas are nonetheless but to be formally confirmed however are anticipated to stay as they’re this season.