AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost hopes Max Verstappen can bring change to Formula 1 this season and become World Champion.
It has been a long time since Red Bull have tasted success in either the Drivers’ or Constructors’ Championships. Winners of four consecutive title doubles between 2010-13, Red Bull’s run was ended by Mercedes in 2014 and the German outfit have not looked back since.
But on a run of seven Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles in a row, it appears Mercedes now have a serious challenger on their hands in Red Bull as they look to stretch their streak to eight.
Sir Lewis Hamilton began his latest title defence with victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix as he just about saw off the threat of Verstappen, but with a further 22 races to come, the Dutchman appears very much in the hunt for a first World Championship of his career.
And Tost, who oversaw Verstappen at Toro Rosso as he broke into Formula 1, would love nothing more than to see his former driver become champion this season.
“I’d be really happy if it was Max Verstappen and if there was a change in the World Championship,” he told SPEEDWEEK.com.
“Red Bull Racing-Honda really has a chance this time.”
With 23 races set to be contested across the 2021 campaign, any successful title pursuit will require a new standard of Formula 1 consistency.
Many expected most of the strain to be felt by the crew working for the teams, but Tost said he is not affected by the increased schedule. He would be happy with any number of races if everything was going well for his team.
“I don’t mind the races, they could be even more,” he said.
“It all depends on how competitive the car is. If we are good, everything is really fun, I don’t feel tired. What’s bad is when nothing goes on, then it becomes more tiring for everyone.”
Imola will play host to Round 2 of the 2021 Formula 1 season, the first home race of the campaign for AlphaTauri.
“It is disappointing that it is not possible for the whole team to visit the race track, it means that an important motivation and experience factor is missing because there are no spectators,” Tost explained.
“But of course the racing team makes a special effort in the Ferrari Autodrom.”