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AlphaTauri Team Profile
What a year 2020 was for AlphaTauri as the team returned to the top step of the podium at Monza, courtesy of Pierre Gasly.
Back in 2006, Formula 1 saw the first STR line up on the grid. The team, previously Paul Stoddart's Minardi, had been bought as Red Bull Racing's junior team, a place where they could train drivers away from the pressure before promoting them to the senior team.
The philosophy behind Toro Rosso/AlphaTauri has meant that the Formula 1 team has always been in the lower half of the pack, a training ground more than a place to get the results.
That, though, didn't stop Sebastian Vettel.
Back in 2008 the German made history as he made the most of the conditions at a wet Monza circuit, taking the team's first-ever pole position. A day later he did the unthinkable as he followed that up with the race win, Toro Rosso's first.
The team added two further podiums in 2019. Daniil Kvyat, returning to Toro Rosso after being axed from the programme after the 2017 season, was third in a chaotic German GP while Gasly, demoted to Toro Rosso after failing to make the grade at Red Bull, was second in Brazil.
Their efforts meant Toro Rosso, running a Honda engine for the second year in succession, finished the championship in sixth place. That matched their best previous performance from Vettel's race-winning 2008 season.
For 2020 Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz rebranded Toro Rosso to AlphaTauri, reflecting his company's new venture in the fashion world.
And on the track it certainly did them no harm as Gasly repeated Vettel's heroics by winning the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, a second win for the team and again on home soil, the stuff of dreams!
Vettel may have achieved the unthinkable without a Mercedes meltdown as was the deciding factor in Gasly's case, but regardless the Frenchman showed great composure to see off the desperate Carlos Sainz who chased him all the way to the line.
For 2021, AlphaTauri welcomed Yuki Tsunoda into the team as Gasly's new team-mate, marking the realisation of Honda's long-held wish to bring a Japanese driver into Formula 1.
But Tsunoda is no charity case. After only arriving in Europe a few years ago, his sublime form in F3 and F2 justified a swift promotion to Formula 1.