Franz Tost opens up on ‘shock’ at ‘really big engine problems’ in the Red Bull camp

ALPHATAURI workforce principal Franz Tost has been annoyed by means of the primary three rounds of the 2022 F1 season.

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AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost admitted he’s shocked by the sudden reliability issues his workforce have confronted within the first three races of the 2022 System 1 season. AlphaTauri are the junior workforce of Crimson Bull, who’ve additionally skilled extra high-profile struggles.

The Italian workforce have their engine equipped by Honda energy models – rebranded as Crimson Bull Energy Trains because the Japanese producer transition out of the game – and have suffered a lot of points. In reality, they’ve seen three separate points have an effect on their driver pairing of Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda. 

Throughout the opening race in Bahrain, Gasly’s AT03 burst into flames earlier than Tsunoda suffered two engine failures in Saudi Arabia – together with an ill-timed one which prevented the Japanese star from beginning the race. Such outcomes imply AlphaTauri are already enjoying catch up in opposition to their rivals within the battle for midfield place.

Haas and Alfa Romeo are powered by Ferrari, and subsequently have impressed by means of the primary three rounds. These two groups have picked up 12 and 13 factors respectively, whereas AlphaTauri have 10 – and Tost described the workforce’s reliability points as ‘an enormous shock for us’.

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Franz Tost opens up on 'shock' at 'really big engine problems' in the Red Bull camp

Franz Tost expressed his frustrations with the ‘surprising’ engine issues affecting AlphaTauri (Picture: GETTY)

“We did the exams in Barcelona in addition to in Bahrain with none issues – with hundreds of kilometers – and now, the season begins, and in each race we’ve actual huge reliability points,” Tost defined to reporters. “In Bahrain, the battery on Pierre’s automobile caught fireplace and in Saudi Arabia, we managed to lose two engines.

“That is actually an enormous shock for us as a result of, consequently, Yuki needed to begin [a race] from the again of the grid, and that is, in fact, not the way you need to begin the season.”

Solely senior workforce Crimson Bull have endured extra retirements than AlphaTauri after three occasions this season. That is significantly unsettling given they’re the one two groups operating Crimson Bull Powertrains-made engines, however the specifics of their points seem like fairly totally different. 

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Franz Tost opens up on 'shock' at 'really big engine problems' in the Red Bull camp

Pierre Gasly’s Bahrain Grand Prix was derailed by an engine failure (Picture: GETTY)

Forward of the following race in Imola subsequent weekend, each groups are battling to beat their points to combat again in opposition to their rivals. Regardless of their struggles, workforce principal Tost is assured AlphaTauri can get well in a aggressive midfield: “The midfield could be very, very shut collectively and will probably be very tight.”

The 22-race F1 2022 marketing campaign – which is predicted to return to a report 23 races within the close to future as soon as a Russian Grand Prix alternative is discovered – continues with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on April 24.


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