AlphaTauri is struggling to keep pace with its rivals in the 2023 Formula One season, and Team Principal Franz Tost isn’t happy about it. With the team missing many of its development targets ahead of the season’s start, it has struggled to stay competitive on the grid, leaving them at the bottom of the table alongside Williams. Despite the poor start, AlphaTauri drivers Yuki Tsunoda and Nyck De Vries are remaining positive about the team’s chances for improvement throughout the season.
After two scoreless races, Tsunoda managed to earn a single point at the Australian Grand Prix, but the team is still facing an uphill battle towards the top of the table. “In a tight midfield, the team is aware it needs to make several steps to be in contention for better results throughout the 2023 development race,” reports F1 Initiative.
Tost has expressed his frustration with the team’s disappointing start, even stating that he doesn’t trust his engineers anymore. However, Tsunoda is trying to maintain positivity within the team: “Inside the team obviously, we’re not happy about performance, but at least we are staying always positive,” Tsunoda explained. “As a team, it’s good that we’re facing the same direction, so I’m still feeling positive. We always aim for the points. I don’t feel any negative energy from the team.”
Tsunoda’s new teammate, Nyck De Vries, echoed his sentiment, saying that the positive atmosphere within the team is still intact despite the early struggles. “The vibe in the team is really good,” he said. “But we are competitive and we want to be further up the grid. We obviously would have hoped and liked that we were a bit more ahead and in the fight for points, but hopefully during the course of the season we can get ourselves in that place.”
While the start of the season has been disappointing for AlphaTauri, Tsunoda and de Vries are optimistic about the team’s chances for improvement throughout the rest of the development race. “As a track engineering side, we just focus to give all of the 100% effort to make a car better and as a development side in Faenza they know what they have to do,” Tsunoda said. It remains to be seen if the team can overcome its early season issues, but they are committed to giving it their all and fighting for points on the grid.