A picture of AlphaTauri’s 2022 car has been leaked online, seemingly by an employee just 24 hours before the launch of the AT03.
The picture, which as to be expected has not been verified, was shared on Reddit and reportedly came from a team member’s Instagram account.
It shows the top bodywork of the AT03, sporting its blue-and-white livery.
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It is not the first leak this pre-season with pictures of Red Bull’s RB18 doing the rounds on social media hours before last year’s Drivers’ Championship winning team officially unveiled the car.
AlphaTauri will officially launch the AT03, which will be raced by Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda on Monday at 12pm CET in an online presentation.
As yet it is anyone’s guess as to whether the team will unveil a real car, the teams split over that this launch season.
Like the rest of the field, AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost has no clue as to where his team will line up in this year’s pecking order.
Last season the team finished P6 in the Constructors’ Championship with Gasly on the podium at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
This year though, the Formula 1 cars are completely different to last season’s, the sport moving away from over-car airflow to ground effect aerodynamics meaning a suction is created underneath the car to pull it onto the track.
The intent of the new regulations is to enable cars to follow each other far more closely while also reducing overall costs by simplifying the designs overall.
“[It is a] Very unknown story because it’s completely new everything,” Tost told GPFans.
“We don’t have any comparisons with others but I trust our engineers because they have built two good cars.
“The AT-01 was already a good car, [the AT-02] was the next step forward and so why shouldn’t they be able to make the AT-03, even if it’s a completely new car, also very competitive?
“From the technological side, there are also different philosophies, and I just hope that we go in the right direction.
“Where we really then end up, I don’t know, but I trust that our team, the aero group is doing a very good job and that they are going in the right direction.”