Scuderia AlphaTauri is poised for a game-changing transformation as they gear up for the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix this weekend. In a significant development echoing the footsteps of Red Bull’s RB19, the team is set to overhaul their car, aligning it closely with the 2024 grid’s fastest contender.
When the ground effect regulations ushered in the 2022 Formula 1 season, each team embarked on a unique journey to evolve their F1 cars. Fast forward one-and-a-half years, and it’s clear that Red Bull’s RB19 route has emerged as the gold standard, leaving competitors in its wake. Recently, other teams have awakened to the reality that minor car tweaks won’t bridge the gap to victory this season. For some, even securing a podium spot remains an ambitious aspiration. Consequently, teams are now focusing their efforts on transforming their cars to emulate the RB19’s prowess.
AlphaTauri, struggling to catch a whiff of success this year, has opted for a strategic shift, mirroring their senior team, Red Bull. Currently languishing in the bottom spot of the constructors’ championship with a mere three points, AlphaTauri is on the brink of a monumental transformation. The Singapore Grand Prix promises to be a turning point, as the team gears up to unveil a substantial RB19-inspired upgrade. But the changes don’t stop there; AlphaTauri’s horizon is brightening for 2024 with plans for a rebranding initiative and new sponsorships on the horizon.
Moreover, team principal Franz Tost will pass the torch, entrusting his responsibilities to the incoming team boss, Laurent Mekies, and CEO Peter Bayer. Discussing these impending changes, Bayer opened up to PlanetF1:
“There are no quick gains.
“I mean, this year, we’ve seen some amazing changes in the results scheme, when suddenly Aston Martin popped up, and then suddenly McLaren popped up, but I think that’s really down to the fact that they all understood that what Red Bull Racing did in terms of design philosophy is the right one with this new downforce element which everybody is following.
“We actually have a big upgrade coming for Singapore, which will follow the same philosophy so everybody’s closing in on that and then I think next year will be extremely close.”