AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost took a dig at the Haas F1 team, saying that they can only dream of competing in midfield with two youngsters in their lineup.
AlphaTauri had a good season in 2021, competing as a key player in midfield. Their driver lineup consisted of a rookie in Yuki Tsunoda, but also an experienced driver in Pierre Gasly, who was their main points-scorer.
By contrast, Haas was way down in last place. They also had two rookies in their team in Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin. It was the worst season they have ever had, and the AT team principal reckons that’s because of the lack of experience in their driver lineup.
Tost took a dig at Haas, saying that every team needs some experienced heads if they are to unlock the best in their youngsters.
“Nowadays, in Formula 1, (if you) drive (with) two inexperienced drivers you have a really big challenge and the Constructors’ Championship, you will immediately be in the back,” he told reporters at the end of the season, as quoted by GP Fans.
“There’s no chance with two kids to be in the midfield (or at) the front because the field is far too competitive, it’s too strong.”
“If you look to the qualifying times, it’s hundredths of a second,” Tost explained his take.
“I think in Saudi Arabia, Pierre was 0.087secs behind (Ferrari driver Charles) Leclerc, which is 78 centimetres or whatever, there were two positions. Then if you have a young driver, an inexperienced one, we are talking about tenths, not about thousandths.
“I think that with the combination of one experienced driver, and then if there’s a very high skilled young driver, AlphaTauri is always in a position and ready to educate the young driver.”