Faenza based AlphaTauri has finally unveiled its 2021 Formula 1 car, dubbed the AT02. The team revealed the Honda-powered racing car on Friday morning, also making the team the second to reveal its 2021 car, post-McLaren, who unveiled the MCL35M on February 15th.
The season begins off the back of a supremely successful campaign in the previous season, wherein Frenchman Pierre Gasly took to the podium, that too the top step of the Podium, winning at Monza.
The team has kept Gasly for the 2021 season, with the driver being paired with rookie driver Yuki Tsunoda, who moves up from F2, replacing Daniil Kvyat.
How Does The AT02 Differ?
The AT02 Racing car is an evolution of the 2020 contender from Scuderia AlphaTauri, but, as per the team, the car features a major aero push to try and find out improvements due to changes in the floor and brake duct area for the 2021 season.
In relation to the car, Technical director Jody Egginton stated that although the chassis is the same, the overall package features tons of improvements. “The work which has been undertaken to develop our car for 2021 goes far beyond compliance with regulation changes,” he said.
“It has involved changes to nearly all aero surfaces and also the development and repackaging large parts of the car, which are hidden, in order to achieve these changes.
“We have spent a lot of time working to recover the aero losses as a result of the regulation changes, while also focusing on increasing and improving the car’s aerodynamic operating window.
“This activity will continue into the season, with the split of resource between the 2021 and 2022 projects reviewed and adjusted as required to maximise the potential of both projects.”
F1 rules warranted the team to upgrade its suspension to Red Bull’s 2020 specifications, but the team opted to use the same version used in 2020.
The team did however make use of the two development tokens for a new nose, as well as a redesigned front suspension, triggering updates to some steering components.
In terms of the engine, the team is sticking to Honda engines, for the final season in F1, with the team moving to Red Bull Power Units from 2022.