The 2021 F1 season was our second as Scuderia AlphaTauri.
The 71st Formula 1 World Championship got underway in Bahrain on 28 March and there followed a packed 22 race schedule ending in Abu Dhabi.
Compared to 2020, more races were open to the public, despite some restrictions still in place relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. Special measures continued to be observed on health grounds and were adhered to by everyone working in Formula 1. Thanks to experienced gained in this area in 2020, with everyone in Formula 1 rigorously respecting the protocols, there was minimum disruption throughout the year.
On the technical side, the 2021 regulations reflected a year of continuity, with not many changes from 2020. The cars were therefore at the peak of their development in this final year before the sweeping changes planned on the technical side for 2022. It meant the mid-field battle was very close. Scuderia AlphaTauri raced the AT02, which featured a new opaque blue and white livery and a change to its driver line-up. Alongside the experienced Pierre Gasly was the young Japanese rookie, Yuki Tsunoda.
The AT02 was competitive, performing consistently well, with its powerful and reliable Honda power unit, the same as the one Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen used to clinch his first world title. The 2021 season went extremely well for our team.
We scored more points than in any other season since the team was launched in 2006, taking a total of 142. Thanks to the car’s reliability and the talent of our drivers, we also reached other milestones. In Azerbaijan, Pierre Gasly finished on the podium and he started on the front row of the grid in Qatar. As for Yuki Tsunoda, he finished in the points on his debut, becoming the first Japanese driver to do so.
We finished the 2021 Formula 1 season in the top ten in 19 of the 22 races on our way to securing sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship. Discover the 2021 car: AT02