A new year, a new livery and a new name; say goodbye to Toro Rosso and say hello to AlphaTauri. Named after the Red Bull-owned clothing brand, the team's status as a B-team entity to the lead Red Bull Formula 1 squad remains, as does the driving staff and the team's technical operations in Bicester and Faenza. The team is just wearing a new hat.
But it's a rather lovely hat. The new white and matte blue livery looks particularly striking. Although Toro Rosso's metallic blue and silver hues were altogether popular, this compete overhaul will be too.
While AlphaTauri sounds like a disparaging nickname for Boris Johnson when spoken aloud, it also creates a confusing Alpha/Alfa duality in 2020's midfield as the team vies for Alph(f)a supremacy. It's going to take a lot of mental capacity for F1's fleet of commentators not to fall into old habits and blurt out 'Toro Rosso' - although one doesn't quite remember that happening when it transitioned from Minardi.