Despite a difficult start to the season, AlphaTauri managed to finish eighth in the constructors’ world championship, largely due to successful updates to the cars of Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo, and the team’s ability to adapt to late changes from Red Bull, on whose parts they heavily rely.
‣ AlphaTauri managed to finish in eighth place in the constructors’ world championship despite a challenging season, thanks to constant updates to the cars of Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo.
‣ Guillaume Dezoteux, the Head Vehicle Performance, praised the factories for identifying the weaknesses of the car and working hard to address them.
‣ AlphaTauri has been able to use the same rear suspension as the Red Bulls in recent races, and will continue to do so in 2024.
‣ AlphaTauri is very dependent on Red Bull for car development, as they use their parts and develop around them, with aerodynamics being the area of biggest progress.
AlphaTauri’s season seemed to be a lost cause. But, in a twist of fate, the Italian team managed to claw their way up to eighth place in the constructors’ world championship. This was largely due to a smart final sprint.
The cars of Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo played a significant role in this comeback. Over the past few months, they’ve received continuous (and successful) updates.
Guillaume Dezoteux, the Head Vehicle Performance, couldn’t be prouder of AlphaTauri’s recovery. “Yeah, I mean, it’s nice. We started the season a long way off, on the back foot, so there was plenty to find,” he shared with GPblog and other media.
Dezoteux praised the factories for their hard work in identifying and addressing the car’s weaknesses. “But I think it’s fair to say that the factories have done a really good job at identifying the weaknesses of that car and then working hard to try to address those. Part of the problem is understanding the weaknesses, and then I think they did a very good job of figuring that out.”
In recent races, AlphaTauri has been using the same rear suspension as the Red Bulls. The Italian team plans to continue using this suspension in 2024. This decision was partly due to Red Bull’s habit of making last-minute decisions about parts. For a customer team like AlphaTauri, this can be challenging to anticipate.
“That’s one of the issues,” Dezoteux acknowledged. “Obviously, they’re very aggressive with how they develop, and they release their parts late because they want to maximise the performance of their car, clearly. Then for us, sometimes to take something like a suspension so late, it’s integral to the car, the package. Sometimes, yes, it’s very difficult then to add it to your car and yield an optimum package in such a short space of time.”
Despite these challenges, AlphaTauri remains heavily reliant on Red Bull for car development. “Because we take their parts and we fit them to our car and we develop around it. As I say, I think the key point is that aerodynamically that’s where the biggest progress has been made. For sure, the suspension has been a step.”