Franz Tost believes it is “incredibly important” for Formula 1 that someone brings an end to the Mercedes spell of dominance.
Since the start of the hybrid era, the German team have become perhaps the most dominant force in the history of the sport, winning both titles every year since 2014, rarely being challenged.
Many believe that will finally change in 2021 after Sir Lewis Hamilton and co struggled in pre-season testing in Bahrain while Red Bull looked strong.
Tost, the AlphaTauri team principal, is rooting for the sister team, and thinks F1 desperately needs a multi-team title fight again.
“I’m rooting for Red Bull,” he said in an interview with RTL.
“It would be incredibly important for Formula 1 that other teams win, other winners stand on the podium and the Championship is open until the last race.
“I hope Red Bull will be able to beat Mercedes.”
Tost’s team also impressed in pre-season, completing 422 laps, the joint most of any team. Despite that, though, he is not getting carried away about what they can achieve this year.
“No, no, no, McLaren is faster than us,” he answered when asked if AlphaTauri could challenge the British team for P3.
He also said it is not clear how quick Alpine and Aston Martin will be, but has set his team the goal of P5 in the standings regardless.
C5 tyre was just 😍😍 https://t.co/roysFITPjG
— 角田裕毅/Yuki Tsunoda (@yukitsunoda07) March 15, 2021
AlphaTauri head into the 2021 campaign with a new driver in the form of Yuki Tsunoda and the 20-year-old caught the eye in Bahrain.
Big things are expected of him, and that became the case even more so when he set the second fastest time of testing on the final day.
His boss says that so far he has lived up to expectations – and thinks he will become Japan’s best ever F1 driver.
“Yuki is a driver who, first of all, is very, very talented in terms of his basic speed. A super pre-requisite. He is also very focused,” Tost said.
“I think he will become the most successful Japanese F1 driver if he continues like this.
“We have a super base with him now. But the crucial thing is how he develops, what the learning curve looks like. We have to observe that over the course of the year.
“So far, everything is going according to plan. He is fulfilling the expectations we have placed in him 100 per cent.”