AlphaTauri believe learning from mistakes will be another significant step in their climb up the Formula 1 ladder.
The Italy-based team are aiming to eventually reach the same level as Red Bull, who are in the same ownership – by competing for victories on a regular basis.
At present, AlphaTauri have only two race wins to their credit, ironically both at the Italian Grand Prix. The first was by Sebastian Vettel when they were known as Toro Rosso in 2008 and the second courtesy of Pierre Gasly last year.
On their day in 2020, AlphaTauri were capable of fighting at the upper end of the midfield pack with the likes of McLaren, Racing Point, Renault and Ferrari.
But that was not on a consistent basis, which is why they finished down in seventh of 10 in the constructors’ World Championship standings.
For 2021, Gasly will be joined by Japanese rookie Yuki Tsunoda after he was brought in to replace Daniil Kvyat.
The team’s technical director Jody Egginton hopes that building on the current package of the car and continuing to improve the way they operate, which includes cutting out errors and the poorer race weekends, will result in further progress being made during the 2021 season.
“Some of it’s not really aligned with the way we’re going with the car,” Egginton told The Race.
“The areas we are targeting in performance are the same ones we targeted last year. There’s no terrible weaknesses, we’ve just got to move the bar higher in every area.
“We’ve taken some steps improving as a team but we’ve got to take the next step – [trying to eliminate] the events where we didn’t deliver as well as we should have done. We’ve got to learn how to be better, really.
“The trackside engineering team have done a fantastic job. We’ve had a couple of events where we’ve under-delivered, but a couple of events where they over-delivered by making a fantastic strategy call.
“The engineers have been brave with the set-up when we needed to be and they have worked fantastically well with the drivers. I think that’s one of the strengths of the team.
“There’s no politics and no superstars. But there are things we have to work on. The team’s not a new team but still quite a young team. So we have to learn from our mistakes.”