01 March 2023 at 12:51
AlphaTauri is not for sale. That is what team boss Franz Tost said in a statement on Wednesday after rumors about Nyck de Vries’ team. According to those rumors, the Italian formation would be sold or moved to the Red Bull headquarters in England.
The future of AlphaTauri has been uncertain since the death of Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz last year. German media reported last week that the team is on display.
Tost then spoke to German Oliver Mintzlaff, one of the new top executives at Red Bull.
“We had a very good conversation. He assured me that the shareholders do not want to sell AlphaTauri and that Red Bull will continue to support the team in the future,” said the Austrian team boss.
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Talent flow to Red Bull is drying up
AlphaTauri, which bears the name of a Red Bull clothing brand, finished penultimate in the competition last season. The former Minardi team was taken over in 2006 to function as a Red Bull talent team.
Max Verstappen is the last driver who successfully made the transition to the main team. Pierre Gasly and Alexander Albon subsequently failed.
For that reason, in combination with the poor performance, Red Bull would consider selling the team or bringing it to England. There it could then become much more of a B-team of Red Bull Racing.
Now the car is still largely made in Faenza, Italy, while the gearbox and rear suspension come from Red Bull. The engine is from Honda.
Nyck de Vries in the AlphaTauri during the test days in Bahrain. Photo: Getty Images
‘Focus on performing better than last year’
Team boss Tost speaks of unfounded rumors. “As a team we have to stay focused on the start of the season and perform better than last year.”
AlphaTauri stuck with 22-year-old Yuki Tsunoda as driver. The team also replaced Gasly, who had left for Alpine, with 28-year-old De Vries. The driver from Sneek will drive his second Formula 1 race ever on Sunday, when the season starts with the Bahrain Grand Prix.