Rebranded from Toro Rosso to AlphaTauri for 2020, the team have been upgraded from Red Bull’s junior team to their sister team.
That closer relationship with Red Bull Technologies is expected to help the team move up the order in Formula 1, but while we haven’t seen any action since pre-season testing concluded in February, Gasly believes his team are behind the likes of Racing Point, McLaren and Renault.
Speaking to Racefans.net, he said: “Generally I think we had a positive test, we managed to do a lot of laps, reliability is good.
“I feel we obviously would like to be faster than than we are. Racing Point is really fast, McLaren as well, and Renault.
“The [others] are all super fast. I would say the others are a bit stronger in some ways.”
Gasly did say though that AlphaTauri made clear progress with its AT01 after pre-season testing.
“There are a couple of areas we know we improved already since Barcelona, just understanding the car better,” he explained.
“Because we did six days, which is less than before, and still discovering a new car it takes a bit of time to extract the best of it.
“But I think for sure we are not at the top of the midfield, we know it. Others have done some good job. We have done a good job but we know it’s not going to be an easy fight for us to make it to the top 10.”
The AT01 isn’t much of an evolution on 2019’s STR19, and since AlphaTauri share with Red Bull the same engine, gearbox and various other components, Gasly said there wasn’t much work that needed doing from the 2019 to the 2020 challenger.
“It’s not like we have big weaknesses, I think it’s general comments. You always want more downforce so high speeds, low speed is a bit mechanical,” he said.
“I don’t think the old car had something wrong in it. But we just need to try to bring a bit more downforce to it, which is going to be the story the whole year and for everybody.”