Pierre Gasly says AlphaTauri are improving at a “faster” rate than their midfield rivals Ferrari and Renault.
Not only did the team come into 2020 with a new identity, ditching the Toro Rosso name for AlphaTauri to promote Red Bull’s fashion line, they were also promoted to “sister team” status at Red Bull and now enjoy a closer relationship with Red Bull Technologies.
On the track AlphaTauri are still finding their feet.
Gasly has scored 14 of the team’s 16 Constructors’ Championship points, putting them P7 in the standings, and also has made Q3 at four of the six races so far.
And the Frenchman says that AlphaTauri’s development programme has them improving at a faster rate than Renault and Ferrari, who occupy P6 and P5 in the Constructors’ standings respectively ahead of AlphaTauri.
“Our development rate is at the level of Ferrari and Renault,” Gasly said in an interview with Motorsport-Total.com.
“You can see that we are improving faster, even if we came from much further behind.
“Honda won again [at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix] and this shows that although there is still a gap, we have really made progress in the past years.
“We know Mercedes has had a big lead since 2014, at the beginning of the hybrid era.
“It simply takes time for everyone else to catch up. This is also due to the fact that Mercedes does not stand still. They keep on increasing.
“What Mercedes has done in terms of performance is quite impressive.”
So, with improvement clear in Gasly’s eyes, he has set a target to find a “little bit more power” and consistently challenge McLaren and Renault.
“If we manage to find a little bit more power, we could be on a par with Renault and McLaren,” he said.
“They are currently driving just ahead of us. But that would give us a real chance to score points even more regularly. That’s what we’re working towards.
“I’m not so much interested in goals that are linked to specific positions. It’s more a question of continuing to show what we have been showing since the start of the season.
“We have managed to perform very, very well every weekend.
“We have achieved better results than we expected given our performance.
“So it’s all about continuing to do great performances, having the speed, being consistent and taking advantage of every opportunity that presents itself. So far, we have been very successful.”