According to Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko, AlphaTauri managed its business in Turkey better than Red Bull Racing. In conversation with Auto Motor und Sport, Marko says that the sister team had quite a bit of racing speed, despite Yuki Tsunoda finishing outside the points.
During qualifying, Pierre Gasly managed to put his AlphaTauri in fifth place. The difference with Max Verstappen, who had qualified third, was only one and a half tenths of a second. In the race, teammate Tsunoda was even able to fight Lewis Hamilton for a few laps. Which shows that AlphaTauri had found a good setup this weekend.
“Thinking of the differences between the drivers for a moment, you can say that AlphaTauri had the faster car under these treacherous conditions on the track,” says Marko. The consultant also found the possible cause in the adjustment of the car. The sister team simply could have done that better.
On Friday it was already clear that a lot had to be improved on the cars of Verstappen and teammate Sergio Pérez. After qualifying it already turned out that a gap had been made by Mercedes. Whether they were that good or whether Red Bull missed the mark, that will have to show in the coming races.