Why F1 2020's underdog star is relishing a year of continuity
Dumped by Red Bull during 2019, Pierre Gasly became one of F1's top performers with AlphaTauri in 2020 - and it wasn't just about his Monza win. Now with the full backing of his team, he's relishing settling into a team leadership role in 2021
The glitzy rebranding of Toro Rosso as AlphaTauri ahead of the 2020 Formula 1 season represented the start of a new era for the squad. It should no longer be regarded simply as a B-team to Red Bull Racing, with its foremost task to act as a first step into F1 for the energy-drinks giant's young drivers. Instead, AlphaTauri was now a 'sister' team with a fresh look and higher expectations.
In his first full season back at the Faenza-based squad, Pierre Gasly took everything in his stride and delivered F1's most surprising result of the year. A little over 12 months after his first race back at Toro Rosso following his demotion from Red Bull, he became an F1 race winner in the Italian Grand Prix. And yet to simply highlight Gasly's Monza victory would overlook a number of other outstanding displays throughout the season that made him one of F1's top performers in 2020.
Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Tim Wright.
In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? Stuart Codling talks to the man in charge.
Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?
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