Formula 1’s 70th anniversary season was meant to be the longest ever with 22 races, but the Covid-19 virus had other plans. However, one of the things this sport has taught us is never to give up. Formula 1’s large management team dug deep and put all its resources to work, attempting to second guess the delicate global situation around the pandemic and, within the space of a couple of months, came up with a brand new calendar. It also implemented rigorous protocols to check and manage the health of those involved and there we were, back doing what we love, going racing again.
The end result was a calendar featuring 17 races in just five and a half months. It was a flat-out run from July to December, featuring, back-to-backs and triple-headers which put our logistics people and the team to the test, but we did it. It required a huge effort from everyone in the company, at every level. All that hard work paid off and so now that we’ve reached the point in the year when it is usual to look back and sum up our season, we can declare ourselves to be extremely pleased with what we achieved.
In our first season racing as Scuderia AlphaTauri, we broke all sorts of records. Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat, either jointly or singly finished in the top ten in 15 of the 17 races, scoring a total of 107 points to finish seventh in the Constructors’ World Championship. 107 is our highest ever points total, proving that our AT01 which was chosen by fans as the most beautiful car on track in 2020, was also very competitive and consistent. In 2019, we scored 85 points from 21 races, while this year, we hit 107 in just 17 rounds. It sums up just how special was the first year of the AlphaTauri era.
The name AlphaTauri, Red Bull’s own fashion brand, takes its inspiration from the brightest star in the Toro constellation. At Monza, that star shone even more brightly, when Pierre Gasly won the Italian Grand Prix. It was our Frenchman’s first taste of the victory champagne as he stood on the most spectacular podium structure of the year at the “Temple of Speed.” It was a perfect race in which all the elements were aligned – performance, strategy and a clinical drive – to give Gasly his maiden Formula 1 win. Making it even more memorable, it reprised the team’s very first win at this same track back in 2008, courtesy of Sebastian Vettel. The only downside on the day was not being able to share our delight with our home crowd, because the majority of races this year were held behind closed doors. Partly making up for that was the fact we were deluged with the messages and photos you sent us via social media.
Tomorrow, our AT01 will be in action again at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi for the Young Driver Test. At the wheel will be two Japanese youngsters, Yuki Tsunoda and Marino Sato. After that, we will pack up at the track and finally head home when it will be time to start preparing for the 2021 season and working on next year’s car. However, just like our hybrid power unit, we too will be able to recharge our batteries for a while in anticipation of tackling no fewer than 23 races next year, another record in the history of Formula 1!