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Nyck de Vries, AlphaTauri AT04, leads Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB19
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How Red Bull's second team rescued its F1 2023 season

AlphaTauri faced playing catch-up early in Franz Tost’s final season at the helm, as an improving Yuki Tsunoda found himself teamed with and against three drivers in the other car

“I realised last year, in March or April, that from the aero side we were not going in the right direction. We had a wrong philosophy.”

In his final press conference as AlphaTauri team principal, Franz Tost made no bones about his disappointment with the team’s most recent pair of Formula 1 cars, and that he had set the wheels in motion for change. The Italian squad had enjoyed its best season at the end of the previous regulation set, claiming sixth in the 2021 constructors’ title with 142 points, but its first car under the new-for-2022 rules was comparatively unimpressive. Despite its deal with the parent Red Bull Racing squad to take as many transferable components as allowed under the regulations, AlphaTauri slipped to ninth in the championship as it fell towards the back of the field.

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