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Bayer: AlphaTauri will ‘certainly not be a B-team’ to Red Bull

The team has mainly been seen as a place to help develop young drivers in the past

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AlphaTauri CEO Peter Bayer has insisted that the team will ‘ certainly not be a B-team’ going forward as they take a new stance on their driver line-up.

Bayer with departing team principal Franz Tost (Credit: Rudy Carezzevoli via Getty Images)

Traditionally, the AlphaTauri team, previously known as Toro Rosso, has been used as a place to develop young Red Bull academy drivers looking to break into Formula 1.

This has been done to some success, with the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz racing for the team at different points.

Changes have been coming at AlphaTauri though, with more senior figures taking roles within the team in recent years.

Daniil Kvyat found himself with the team after being relegated from the Red Bull senior team in favour of Verstappen and in more recent times Daniel Ricciardo has been back with the team.

A more experienced head being a part of the driver line-up is set to be a part of the new philosophy of the team, who are set for a re-brand ahead of the 2024 season.

“We certainly will not be a B-team,” said Bayer, speaking to Racingnews365.

“But I think we’ll still try to fulfil one of the other strategic directives, which is to fulfil the junior development program, but we’ll do it slightly differently.

“We will not race with two juniors, we will always have one experienced driver who will take one young driver under his wings and help him to develop.”

Ricciardo’s experience was no doubt a factor when choosing to retain him for 2024, with the team being able to use him to mentor Yuki  Tsunoda.

The Japanese driver is set for his fourth season with the team as he continues to impress for the Faenza based outfit.

‘It actually works’

When AlphaTauri ditched rookie Nyck de Vries in favour of Ricciardo, it was the team testing if their new philosophy would work going forward.

“We see it actually works,” continued Bayer.

“Yuki is not a junior anymore, to be honest. But compared to Daniel he is.

“We see the positive impact it has on both, we see how much Yuki can learn from Daniel, we see how much we can learn from Daniel in terms of set up of the car and even in terms of strategy, sometimes he would come up with an idea while he’s in the car.

“For us to be to be competitive, that certainly is the way forward.

“It’s a request from the shareholders to focus on competitiveness because competitiveness will help us also to commercially balance and reduce their obvious injection into the team.”

AlphaTauri struggled in 2023, having the second worst car for most of the season.

This showed with a eighth placed finish in the constructors championship, finishing ahead of only Haas and Alpha Romeo.

Featured image Credit: @AlphaTauriF1 via X

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