Pierre Gasly mentioned on Friday he was prepared to be AlphaTauri’s chief on the observe this season and assistance Japanese rookie Yuki Tsunoda make a swift start off to his Method A person career with the Crimson Bull-owned crew.
Honda protege Tsunoda has graduated from Method Two to the Italy-based crew and, at 20, will be the youngest driver on the starting off grid and the to start with born in 2000.
Frenchman Gasly, twenty five, took an emotional win at Monza last season — the to start with of his career — in a yr with no a solitary Ferrari victory.
“Of class, Yuki’s arrival signifies I will have far more duty within the crew and I’m prepared to choose on the function of crew chief,” he mentioned in a Q&A at the on the web start of the new AT02 car.
“He lacks practical experience, so it will not often be simple for him, but I believe he is gifted and it will also be up to me and the crew to lead the way.”
Team boss Franz Tost mentioned the 2021 goal was to turn into midfield leaders after dropping from sixth to seventh overall last yr.
Honda-driven AlphaTauri, the former Toro Rosso crew, nonetheless scored far more points (107) than ever before and racked up ten races in a row in the points for the to start with time.
They scored with at the very least 1 car in fifteen of the 17 rounds of a COVID-19 disrupted marketing campaign.
“With Pierre on Yuki’s facet we have an knowledgeable driver, who can assistance our Japanese rookie to establish a lot quicker, but at the exact same time we can intention for excellent effects,” mentioned Tost.
He mentioned Tsunoda, third in F2 last yr, was confident to have some crashes but that was aspect of the learning curve.
The Japanese will race with the amount 22 — as utilized by Britain’s now-retired 2009 environment champion Jenson Button and also two times Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato.
“My amount when I was racing in karting was eleven, but in F1 that’s previously taken by Sergio Perez,” mentioned Tsunoda. “So I doubled it to turn into 22.”