F1 team

Scuderia AlphaTauri



Yuki Tsunoda

Nyck de Vries

Faenza, Italy
Team lead
Franz Tost
Honda RBPT

Scuderia AlphaTauri

Scuderia AlphaTauri are also known as Red Bull Racing's sister team. The team normally race in the midfield, however, they dropped to penultimate places in the championship in 2022. Along with Yuki Tsunoda and newcomer Nyck de Vries, the team's main focus in 2023 will be on recovery.

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Training team and guinea pig

In 2005 the ailing Minardi was given a helping hand from Dietrich Mateschitz, the big boss of the Austrian energy drink manufacturer Red Bull. At that time Red Bull had just completed their first season in Formula 1, but Mateschitz wanted more. Like its sister team Red Bull, Toro Rosso's first seasons were difficult. 

They were stuck with the Cosworth engine, which had been taken over from Minardi's contract. Although the V10 seemed to be an advantage at first (from 2006 the V8 was obligatory unless approval was given to teams with less money: something Minardi and thus Toro Rosso could take advantage of), the teams with a V8 in the back made much bigger steps.

With big brother Red Bull switching to Renault engines, Toro Rosso were handed the discarded Ferrari contract. With the Ferrari engine and Sebastian Vettel (replacing Scott Speed) fresh from Sauber, Toro Rosso managed to finish fourth in China. It was the best result to date, in only their second season in Formula One.

The first problems for Toro Rosso arose in 2007, when the FIA announced that teams could no longer receive a similar car 'as a gift' from a sister team. As Red Bull and Toro Rosso were using such a construction, Mateschitz put the team on sale. 

One season later, with Toro Rosso still for sale, Sebastian Vettel turned the world upside down. The German not only took pole position at his home race (Toro Rosso was racing under an Italian licence) at Monza, but also won the race. It was a performance that saw the young Vettel promoted to Red Bull in 2009.

Talent Factory

After Sebastian Vettel's promotion, Red Bull began using Toro Rosso on a regular basis to acclimatise drivers to Formula One before they made the big move. Sebastien Buemi joined the programme in 2009, as did Jaime Alguersuari in 2011. 

The team sidelined both in 2012 to give Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne a chance. ‘We are a training school for rookies', said team principal Franz Tost. That same year, technical director James Key also stepped aboard to give the team a push in the right direction.

Vergne and Ricciardo were also given seats in 2013, a year in which Mark Webber announced he was throwing in the towel after the final race. The battle between Vergne and Ricciardo to claim the place at Red Bull had begun, with Ricciardo putting his best foot forward at the right time. He brought in Daniil Kvyat (aka 'The Torpedo') as Ricciardo's replacement, with Vergne starting his third season at Toro Rosso in 2014.

The brief era of Verstappen

One week before the Belgian GP, Vergne received the bad news: he was entering his final season at Toro Rosso and would be replaced by Verstappen in 2015. The Dutchman was only sixteen years old at the time, but would get the chance to prove himself at a young age. That didn't happen alongside Kvyat, as the Russian moved on to Red Bull to replace the departing Vettel. The team appointed Carlos Sainz to keep Verstappen company.

After one year and a few races in 2016, Kvyat had to make the move back to Toro Rosso and Verstappen took the spot at Red Bull. 

That season, Sainz remained the permanent face at Toro Rosso, but the team replaced Kvyat with Gasly for the Malaysian GP (and the GPs thereafter). As part of the announced switch to Honda engines for 2018, they loaned Sainz to the Renault team (replacing Jolyon Palmer there) and Brendon Hartley took his place at Toro Rosso. Hartley-Gasly would also make up the Toro Rosso duo in 2018.

In 2019, they placed Kvyat back at Toro Rosso and brought in Alexander Albon as a rookie from Formula 2 to sit alongside the Russian. Gasly, in turn, was allowed to make his appearance at Red Bull. However, he failed to hit form there and a demotion to Toro Rosso beckoned. Albon and Kvyat both had their sights set on that seat, but Helmut Marko ultimately chose to transfer Albon to Red Bull during the summer break.

In 2020, AlphaTauri's goal was to match the 2019 record (sixth in the constructors' championship). With Kvyat and Gasly, they secured seventh place. Over the course of the season, however, things continued to improve.

Gasly's victory at Monza was proof of this. Kvyat, who finished fourth in Imola, also showed that they had found the right way. In 2020, they achieved seventh place in the championship, which was close to the record set in 2019. Last year, the team already showed how many qualities they have, so expectations are high.

AlphaTauri in 2023

After still battling for fifth place with Alpine in 2021, AlphaTauri made a huge decline in 2022. Gasly and Tsunoda finished only sporadically in the points and the team finished the season in penultimate place. In 2023, the racing team will therefore be keen to come back strongly from the disappointment the year before.

Who will drive for AlphaTauri in 2023?

Gasly is leaving the team in exchange for a new challenge at Alpine. In doing so, he clears the way for Nyck de Vries, who after a considerable diversions still managed to secure a permanent Formula 1 seat. After his impressive Grand Prix debut at Monza, Helmut Marko's eye fell on the Dutchman, who will become Tsunoda's new teammate in 2023.

De Vries' arrival will put the pressure on Tsunoda. The Japanese driver sometimes shows promise, but still performs too shakily. Alongside a debuting teammate, he really needs to show next season why he deserves one of the seats at AlphaTauri.

Which engine will AlphaTauri use?

Like Red Bull Racing's team, AlphaTauri will race with Honda engines again in 2023, but under the Red Bull Powertrains name. The team can still rely on the support of the Japanese manufacturer until the entry into force of the new engine regulations in 2026, so Red Bull Powertrains' own power unit is still a few years away.