Tost: Error-free season key to midfield crown

Tost believes mistake free season is the key

Franz Tost, AlphaTauri Formula 1 team boss, eyes for midfield crown this year. He believes that the team must perform error-free to achieve the goal.

The Faenza-based team found itself at encouraging positions last year. Pierre Gasly outstanding performance at Italian Grand Prix lead to the victory.

Despite a win, the team could not match other teams at the constructors’ championship. It finished seventh behind McLaren, Racing Point, Renault and Ferrari.

Despite encouraging results of 2020, Tost believes that the only key to outscore others is that there are no bad days for the team.

“In 2020 Scuderia AlphaTauri was a midfield team, we were fighting successfully against the other teams like McLaren, Renault and Racing Point. But our target for this year is to consistently be at the top of this midfield pack and to improve further,” he said on the launch of its new AT02.

“To achieve this, we have to avoid reliability issues and finish all races in the points. This can only happen if we do not make any mistakes.

“So we have to be 100 percent concentrated on our job, race after race, on and off the track, because our competitors are hard to fight.”

He added: “I can’t forget that we retired four times, three of them due to reliability issues. And once because of an accident Pierre was involved in, which means we missed four opportunities to score points.

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“We definitely have to avoid finding ourselves in certain situations, so there is still some work to do ahead of us, but the team is focusing on this to prepare in the best possible way for the new season.

“I hope that the new car will be as good as we expect it to be, because if our drivers get a competitive car I think we can have an even better season this year.”

Gasly also supported Tost’s thoughts that the team shall eliminate the errors for consistent performance.

“I think last year I did a very good job and I was able to drive the way I wanted and I managed to have an excellent relationship with my engineers, we understood what the team needed, what I needed and how to work together and that’s what brought the results,” said the Frenchman.

“I was really satisfied, but there is still room for improvement, room for fine tuning. What you need over the whole year is to be consistent and to score at every opportunity.

“We need to see how the car goes in Bahrain and then we’ll know more. But the key will be consistency and not to make any mistakes.”

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