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AlphaTauri, Red Bull's sister team, has launched its 2021 Formula One car, the AT02, set to be driven by Pierre Gasly and new Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda.

23 Feb 2021 | International News : Austria

AlphaTauri has revealed its 2021 car, with the Italian squad unveiling the new AT02 that Pierre Gasly and Formula One debutant Tsunoda Yuki will pilot this season - and team boss Franz Tost has made his target for the new season clear.

The second ever AlphaTauri to be fielded in Formula One, the AT02 features Honda's new-for-2021 power unit on the inside and a brand new livery on the outside, as the team looks to build on a strong 2020.

Pierre Gasly And Tsunoda Yuki inspecting the 2021 AlphaTauri car, AT02
Also new at the team is Tsunoda, the 20-year old Japanese driver replacing Kvyat after finishing the 2020 Formula Two season in third place. AlphaTauri has been busy getting Tsunoda prepped for his Formula One debut with a number of outings in Toro Rosso and AlphaTauri machinery, including driving a Toro Rosso STR14 at Italian track Misano earlier this month.

Team Principal Tost has set his squad and new driver lineup an ambitious target for the 2021 season. "In 2020 Scuderia AlphaTauri was a midfield team, we were fighting successfully against the other teams like McLaren, Renault and Racing Point but our target for this year is to consistently be at the top of this midfield pack and to improve further," he said.

"To achieve this, we have to avoid reliability issues and finish all races in the points. This can only happen if we do not make any mistakes, so we have to be 100% concentrated on our job, race after race, on and off the track, because our competitors are hard to fight. We will do our best to provide a good show for all the Formula One fans, who I hope to see back at the track filling the grandstands soon."

Looking ahead to the 2021 season, meanwhile, the AT02 will be on track at Bahrain for pre-season testing on 12 to 14 March 2021, ahead of the season start at the same circuit with the Bahrain Grand Prix on 28 March 2021.

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