Franz tosts speaks confidently about AlphaTauri's chances for 2020 F1 season

14-01-2020 17:20
by Matt Gretton
F1 News
Franz tosts speaks confidently about AlphaTauri's chances for 2020 F1 season

AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost is confident his team can "speed up more than others" during the winter break. Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's sister team, now called AlphaTauri, experienced one of their better seasons in 2018 and are aiming high in 2020 due to their stronger relationship with Red Bull Racing. 

Toro Rosso stepped on the podium twice last season as they played their part in Honda's return to the front of the Formula 1 grid. In an interview with Motorsport.com, Tost doesn't see any reasons as to why the car will take a backwards step. 

“We are all not slowing down. I hope that we will speed up more than the others! It depends how competitive the new car will be, and how much progress also Honda will come up with. But generally speaking, we should have quite a good package because the car now is on a certain level," Tost explained. 

AlphaTauri will continue with the same two drivers they ended the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with. Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat will both be inside the garage to start the season. Both have had experience at the front of the grid racing for Red Bull Racing. Tost expects this experience to benefit. 

“We have two experienced drivers, and Honda will work very hard during the winter months to improve the performance. It will become very difficult because you have to find the balance of the development of the car for 2020, but you also must not forget to be concentrated on the research and development for the 2021 car," Tost continues. 

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