AlphaTauri have ‘huge problems coming up’

Michelle Foster
Yuki Tsunoda leading Mick Schumacher. Australia April 2022

alphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda leading Mick Schumacher, the Haas in the background Australia April 2022

Despite scoring points in every race this season, Franz Tost believes AlphaTauri are “two steps behind” their rivals.

The start of this year’s championship has been a mixed one for the Red Bull-powered team, AlphaTauri seemingly either scoring or suffering reliability problems.

While Pierre Gasly retired from the season-opening Bahrain GP due to a battery issue, Yuki Tsunoda didn’t even start in Saudi Arabia as his AT03 had a power unit problem.

Gasly is onto his second Internal Combustion Engine, Turbocharger, MGU-H, MGU-K, Energy Store, and Control Electronics while Tsunoda is onto his third of each part.

That means penalties are coming.

“We still have huge problems coming up,” Tost told the Italian edition of Motorsport.com, “or rather, Yuki will have them.

“He will have to start far behind in some races of the season and this worries me, because it was an expected situation.”

Reliability, though, is not AlphaTauri’s only problem, as AT03 is not as quick as the team had hoped.

Scoring 16 points in four races, the team is P7 in the Constructors’ Championship, six points behind Alpine and one ahead of Haas.

“Currently I would say we are two steps behind our rivals, not just one,” Tost said.

“Therefore we have to recover, and we should also avoid making certain mistakes like in qualifying, because the cars fighting for the central part of the grid are all very close.

“If you make a small mistake, you find yourself cut off.”

 

He added: “Right now we lack both performance and reliability. If we don’t improve, fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship will not be within our reach.

“We have to improve performance and reliability, otherwise we won’t have any chance of hitting our goals.”

 

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