As a part of F1’s push to degree the enjoying area, it has imposed a price cap restrict on spending – forcing groups to suppose smarter within the quest for victory fairly than merely with the ability to spend extra money.
However whereas the $140 million restrict that’s in place for this yr has had an affect in pulling again high squads like Mercedes, Crimson Bull and Ferrari, AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost say it nonetheless doesn’t make issues utterly equal for everybody.
He thinks different components, akin to the present high quality of a group’s windtunnel and simulator instruments, are simply as necessary with regards to delivering.
“We nonetheless need to work on the infrastructure, to optimise every little thing on this facet,” he mentioned about what AlphaTauri was nonetheless lacking to problem on the entrance.
“If I see the simulation instruments, and I can solely hear what these high group have, we merely do not have that. They invested in the previous few years, thousands and thousands for this.
“We’ve a very good finances, however we by no means have been ready to take a position a lot cash for simulation instruments. And simulation instruments are getting an increasing number of necessary, as a result of we’re working much less on the observe.
“Due to this fact it is advisable to have this, and I feel that there, we nonetheless have some deficiencies.”
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT01 Mule
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However with F1 groups having to design all-new vehicles for the primary time underneath the restrictions of a price cap, Tost admits there’s a diploma of uncertainty about how everybody will form up.
“It’s a really unknown story as a result of it is utterly new every little thing,” he mentioned. “We haven’t any comparisons with others.
“I belief our engineers as a result of they’ve constructed two good vehicles: the AT01 was already a very good automobile and the  automobile was a subsequent step ahead. So why should not they be capable of make AT03, even when it is a utterly new automobile, additionally very aggressive?
“However there are, from the technological facet, additionally totally different philosophies. I simply hope that we go in the best course.
“The place we then actually find yourself, I do not know. However I belief our group, the aero group is doing an excellent job and they’re going in the best course.”
Whereas AlphaTauri is behind the most important groups by way of its amenities, Tost says efforts are being made to enhance issues.
“We purchased a brand new corridor, and we’ll make a brand new constructing,” he mentioned. “We end in two years, and there are lots of issues happening to leap us in a very good place. However it’s not solely us, the others do the identical. It is what Formulation 1 is, an enormous combat in every single place.”