Tost: AlphaTauri reliability issues ‘a big shock’

Tost: AlphaTauri reliability issues ‘a big shock’

Franz Tost has admitted AlphaTauri’s reliability points this season have come as “an enormous shock” to the group.

AlphaTauri have but to complete a race greater than eighth this season, Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda having stuffed that inserting in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain respectively.

It represents a disappointing begin to the marketing campaign for the Faenza-based squad, whose struggles mirror these of the senior group that can also be underneath Pink Bull possession.

Gasly was the primary driver to retire from a grand prix underneath the brand new period of rules when he pulled out in Bahrain with the automobile on fireplace, whereas Tsunoda endured a torrid weekend at Jeddah the place he was unable to set a lap in qualifying and his AT03 then broke down on the best way to the grid for the race.

So many troubles have been sudden given all the pieces had regarded so promising on the reliability facet in testing.

Tost: AlphaTauri reliability issues ‘a big shock’

“It was an enormous shock for us,” mentioned Tost, the AlphaTauri group principal, quoted by Motorsport-magazin.com. “Throughout the exams in Barcelona and Bahrain we had no issues.

“We drove hundreds of kilometres with none issues and because the begin of the season we instantly have actually large issues with the reliability of the automobile.”

Tsunoda is already on to his third and closing permitted Pink Bull-badged Honda engine of the marketing campaign and Tost has acknowledged a grid penalty, when a fourth is used, is inevitable.

“The reliability issues are, after all, surprising and because of this Yuki should begin from the very again later within the season,” added the 66-year-old Austrian. “That is positively not how we needed to begin the season.”

 

Having completed sixth in final season’s Constructors’ standings, with Gasly offering the group’s finest results of third place in Azerbaijan, the preliminary intention for AlphaTauri was to enhance into the highest 5 this time round.

However that’s already trying one thing of a tall order as they sit eighth within the early record, though in equity McLaren, in fourth, are solely 14 factors forward with Ferrari, Mercedes and Pink Bull already properly away from the remaining.

“The midfield may be very, very shut. It’s actually tight,” added Tost, who will likely be hoping Gasly can get someplace near his qualifying efficiency at Imola final yr within the subsequent spherical of this yr’s championship, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with the Frenchman having began fifth in 2021.

 

 

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