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Red Bull AlphaTauri Strategy: Benefits & Challenges Explained

Horner: Synergy with AlphaTauri No Top Team Guarantee

16/01/2024

On paper, Red Bull Racing should have a better grasp of AlphaTauri‘s performance when the Faenza team’s next car becomes even more similar to the RB19.

However, Christian Horner points out that this increased synergy, pushing the limits of regulations, does not guarantee that the future F1 car of Red Bull’s junior team will be much closer to the top teams.

“I don’t know where they will be in 2024,” says Horner.

“They benefit from transferable parts like the gearbox or suspension. Similarly, Williams and Aston Martin did it with Mercedes, or Haas with Ferrari. But this does not ensure competitiveness. Look at the gap between Haas and Ferrari.”

“AlphaTauri, based in Italy, far from us, has new leadership: Peter Bayer as CEO and Laurent Mekies as team director. They are competitors and want to push the team forward. There’s a new dynamic at play. Essentially, they remain clients of Red Bull Racing.”

“They design their own car, they have their own ideas. Although they use the same wind tunnel and some components, not all aerodynamic surfaces as the regulations stipulate, they must design and develop on their own.”

However, he admitted it might resemble the RB19: “I am almost certain that many cars on the grid will be close to our design.”

“If you look at McLaren, Aston, you already see the influences of our car’s design – I’m sure this will be reflected across the grid in 2024.”

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