AlphaTauri banner 2020 'plenty ahead' of '08 success - Tost


AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost says the Italian outfit's achievements during its banner 2020 season were "plenty ahead" of the success it enjoyed in 2008 with Sebastian Vettel.

Last year, the Faenza-based squad clinched the second Grand Prix triumph in its 15-year history, courtesy of Pierre Gasly's shock win at the Italian GP at Monza.

Vettel had delivered its maiden win to the junior bull team back in 2008, coincidentally also at Monza. But Tost says that last season's campaign was by far more successful and better overall relative to 2008.

"2008, yes it was a fantastic victory with Sebastian in Monza, but we didn't have so many good finishes like this year," Tost told Autosport.

"It wasn't only the victory in Monza. There were many other good races that we had with the fourth place at Imola, the fifth place in Portimão.

"We were sixth in Bahrain and in Germany, seventh in Austria, Great Britain and Mugello.

"We didn't have only one exciting race. We had a lot of very good race results, and this put us plenty ahead of 2008."

Regarding its banner 2020, Tost highlighted the collegial force that converged the efforts of all its department as well as Gasly's own development and progress.

"In Faenza, the design team, production, worked really good and are coming together," explained the Austrian.

"We are getting stronger and stronger in every aspect from the processes, but also from the discipline side and also the track operations worked well. People are coming more and want to get up.

"We have two really good drivers as well. Pierre improved a lot. He has reached a real high level now. And therefore, we could be so successful.

"The car, I must say, worked from the very beginning onwards. The aerodynamic upgrades fortunately brought an advantage and put us forwards. These points together came up to a nice clear picture with success."

Gallery: The beautiful wives and girlfriends of F1 drivers

Keep up to date with all the F1 news via Facebook and Twitter