Red Bull announce the end of AlphaTauri as they admit huge mistake

It has been speculated for several months that Red Bull will sell off Scuderia AlphaTauri.

AlphaTauri, currently struggling with performance issues and inconsistency, will be renamed for the 2024 season as part of significant changes planned by Red Bull, according to Helmut Marko. 

The constructor’s downward trajectory has prompted Red Bull to intervene and provide them with more parts in an effort to rectify their struggles. 

This shift in approach could lead to a return to the original close collaboration between Red Bull and Toro Rosso, with a greater focus on engineering and mechanics.

While AlphaTauri currently operates independently, their recent slide down the standings contrasts sharply with their years of competitiveness in the midfield. 

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Expressing his dissatisfaction with their performance, Marko disclosed that sweeping changes would be implemented throughout the team.

“AlphaTauri will have two new leaders in 2024, Laurent Mekies and Peter Bayer. There will be new sponsors and a new name,” Marko revealed to Kleine Zeitung. 

“The orientation is clear: follow Red Bull Racing as far as the regulations allow. Own designs are the wrong way to go.”

Although specific details about other modifications at AlphaTauri have not been confirmed, considering their performance this year, changes to the driver line-up may also be on the horizon. 

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When asked about the team’s plans for Yuki Tsunoda and Nyck de Vries next year, Marko remained non-committal.

“Basically, Yuki is having a very good season with unfortunate results and penalties, but the performance is right,” he commented. 

“With Nyck de Vries, however, we are not satisfied, we are looking at that as well.”

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Since its inception, AlphaTauri has only secured one victory, an unexpected triumph by Pierre Gasly at the Italian Grand Prix in 2020. 

This season, they currently find themselves at the bottom of the constructors’ championship, highlighting the need for significant changes to revitalise their competitiveness.

Red Bull’s intervention aims to re-establish a stronger partnership with AlphaTauri and foster their development under the guidance of new leaders. The rebranding, sponsorship changes, and closer alignment with Red Bull Racing are part of a strategic approach to maximise the team’s performance within the existing regulations.