Following the rebranding of the Toro Rosso team, AlphaTauri scored just its second win in its 15-year history when Pierre Gasly claimed a shock victory at the Italian Grand Prix.
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT01
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Tost also hailed the way in which the AlphaTauri team at Faenza had come together through 2020, as well as Gasly’s own step up in form across the season.
“In Faenza, the design team, production, worked really good and are coming together,” Tost said.
“We are getting stronger and stronger in every aspect from the processes, but also from the discipline side and also the track operations worked well. People are coming more and want to get up.
“We have two really good drivers as well. Pierre improved a lot. He has reached a real high level now. And therefore, we could be so successful.
“The car, I must say, worked from the very beginning onwards. The aerodynamic upgrades fortunately brought an advantage and put us forwards. These points together came up to a nice clear picture with success.”
In his first full year back at AlphaTauri, Gasly scored close to three-quarters of the team’s points en route to 10th place in the drivers’ championship.
The Frenchman felt pleased with how consistent he had become across the course of the season, picking up points in all but three races that he finished last year.
“It’s fair to say I’m performing better, I’m a better driver than I was before,” Gasly told Motorsport.com.
“This was also a target for myself, to be more consistent. Obviously you never get the ideal scenario, the ideal balance, the ideal race, strategy, tyre deg, whatever. But just try to be better at reacting to all these factors, and to get a more consistent performance through the season.
“I’m really happy about it, because I think we have had many top 10 finishes, many Q3s as well. In terms of work with the team, I feel like we are really understanding each other well.
“We’ve been really consistently, performing and maximising the performance with the car we have. This was a clear target we set with the team and myself and the people around me to achieve this season.”