Rookie Japanese Yuki Tsunoda and Frenchman Pierre Gasly get laps beneath their belts round Imola in Scuderia AlphaTauri AT02.
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Scuderia AlphaTauri drivers Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda acquired behind the wheel of the AT02 contender automobile at a filming day across the Imola circuit in Italy earlier than the Formulation One roadshow hits Bahrain when the official 2021 pre-season check begins on March 12. Right here is all that you must know:
Frenchman Gasly and Japanese rookie Tsunoda first appeared collectively on the AlphaTauri Showroom in Salzburg on February 19 to launch the brand new AT02 livery, which additionally marked the debut of the Autumn/Winter 2021 assortment from Crimson Bull’s premium trend model AlphaTauri.
Pierre Gasly of France and Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Scuderia AlphaTauri seen in the course of the filming day in Imola, Italy on February 25, 2021 // Samo Vidic/Crimson Bull Content material Pool
The thrilling driver duo moved on to Imola the place they acquired an opportunity to gauge their first feeling with the automobile – which was joined on monitor by the STR14 automobile in an up to date livery – whereas the group gathered footage and recorded the drivers’ ideas and ambitions for the 2021 season.
For the 25-year-old Gasly, the upcoming 12 months presents an opportunity to construct on a profitable 2020 season, highlighted by an exhilarating maiden Formulation One Grand Prix victory at Monza, Italy final September.
Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri performs in the course of the filming day in Imola, Italy on February 25, 2021 // Samo Vidic/Crimson Bull Content material Pool
He revealed: “I believe we confirmed final 12 months with the win in Monza, but additionally with different very sturdy races, that it was a very good 12 months the place I developed myself and I used to be in a position to extract essentially the most out of the automobile we had. I’m excited to attempt to get us as many factors as we will this 12 months and get some extra sturdy outcomes.”
Expectations are totally different for 20-year-old Tsunoda, who enters the elite Formulation One ranks after a breakout FIA Formulation 2 Championship rookie season that noticed him end third within the driver standings.
Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Scuderia AlphaTauri seen in the course of the filming day in Imola, Italy on February 25, 2021 // Samo Vidic/Crimson Bull Content material Pool
He defined: “I simply wish to push laborious; I believe possibly from the center of the season I might need some extra strain although. However most individuals have solely seen my performances in Formulation 2, not Formulation 1 but. So, I’ll attempt to present them what I can do on this new automobile.”
Crew Principal Franz Tost added: “The automobile might be particular for me whether it is quick, and this we will solely see within the races beginning in Bahrain. However I have to say that the branding, the livery, the whole lot seems unbelievable.
Scuderia AlphaTauri pose for a group picture in the course of the filming day in Imola, Italy on February 25, 2021 // Samo Vidic/Crimson Bull Content material Pool
It’s a optimistic feeling when, after all of the winter months, the automobile goes out for the primary time on the racetrack, and this one with the blue and the white is de facto thrilling and for me, this automobile is among the most stunning vehicles on the grid. However hopefully, it’s a quick automobile, as a result of that is decisive.”
The essential first Bahrain testing part runs throughout March 12-14 across the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit with the Sakhir monitor additionally internet hosting the 2021 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix race from March 26-28.