Scuderia AlphaTauri, which served as Red Bull Racing’s “junior team” when it was called Toro Rosso, will be attempting to challenge the Milton-Keynes based outfit over the coming years, as it looks to emerge from its shadow.
Pierre Gasly, who took the team’s first win in over a decade at the Italian Grand Prix a few weeks ago, has said the dynamic between Red Bull and AlphaTauri is changing as the Italian constructor becomes increasingly ambitious.
“There’s a clear will and a lot of ambitions coming from AlphaTauri,” said Gasly, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“I think it’s a different situation [between] Toro Rosso and Red Bull and how it was before.”
Continuing, Gasly described the project as “exciting” and said that although Red Bull is clearly the stronger team at the moment, “the ambition of AlphaTauri is, at some point, to match their performances.
“I think it’s clear they [AlphaTauri] have big ambitions. It’s not a one-year project and we know how long it takes for a team to really build their identity and also their status as a top team,” he added.
Earlier this month, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner stressed that Scuderia AlphaTauri is “now a sister team rather than a junior team”, signalling a change in their relationship.
Furthermore, it was recently announced that Red Bull will give AlphaTauri access to its state-of-the-art wind tunnel in yet another indication of the Italian team looking to move up the Formula One pecking order.
It will be aided by the introduction of a $145 million budget cap in 2021, while the new technical regulations which will come into effect a year later could also play into its hands.
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