How AlphaTauri has adapted to F1's new rules
AlphaTauri launched its AT02, complete with a new livery, as it bids to home in on an already-tight midfield battle. Although there were few outright new parts displayed on the launch render, there might be a few clues into further changes down the line...
"Launch, but make it fashion" was seemingly the mantra of AlphaTauri's reveal of its AT02, as its newly reliveried Formula 1 car had to share a Salzburg showroom with the namesake fashion brand's entire autumn and winter catalogue. Undoubtedly, those working on the car will hope that it remains useful in the spring and summer as well...
Look, we'll level with you here. There's only about two or three things visually different on the AT02 renders compared to last year, not including the greater quantity of navy blue that now fills the front half of the car too, with white relegated to the lower reaches of the bodywork. AlphaTauri, and the team under its Toro Rosso guise, does not miss a beat with its livery options. Given its identity is its own product, the team doesn't have to acquiesce to commercial requests to fill the designs with incongruous shapes and colours. In other words, everything fits just so.
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