Pierre Gasly stated on Friday he was ready to be AlphaTauri’s leader on the monitor this season and assist Japanese rookie Yuki Tsunoda make a fast begin to his Formula One profession with the Red Bull-owned team.
Honda protege Tsunoda has graduated from Formula Two to the Italy-based team and, at 20, will be the youngest driver on the beginning grid and the primary born in 2000.
Frenchman Gasly, 25, took an emotional win at Monza final season — the primary of his profession — in a yr with out a single Ferrari victory.
“Of course, Yuki’s arrival means I will have more responsibility within the team and I’m ready to take on the role of team leader,” he stated in a Q&A on the on-line launch of the brand new AT02 automobile.
“He lacks experience, so it won’t always be easy for him, but I think he is talented and it will also be up to me and the team to lead the way.”
Team boss Franz Tost stated the 2021 goal was to develop into midfield leaders after dropping from sixth to seventh total final yr.
Honda-powered AlphaTauri, the previous Toro Rosso team, nonetheless scored extra factors (107) than ever earlier than and racked up 10 races in a row within the factors for the primary time.
They scored with at the least one automobile in 15 of the 17 rounds of a COVID-19 disrupted marketing campaign.
“With Pierre on Yuki’s side we have an experienced driver, who can help our Japanese rookie to develop faster, but at the same time we can aim for good results,” stated Tost.
He stated Tsunoda, third in F2 final yr, was certain to have some crashes however that was a part of the training curve.
The Japanese will race with the quantity 22 — as utilized by Britain’s now-retired 2009 world champion Jenson Button and additionally twice Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato.
“My number when I was racing in karting was 11, but in F1 that’s already taken by Sergio Perez,” stated Tsunoda. “So I doubled it to become 22.”