Toro Rosso’s name change to AlphaTauri for 2020 has brought with it a stunning new livery, which was unveiled to the public at Red Bull’s impressive Hangar-7 facility in Salzburg, Austria.
The team’s new colours – which were shown off in a lavish launch ceremony-cum-fashion show hosted by David Coulthard – were revealed by AlphaTauri’s retained driver pairing of Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly, who also sported some eye-catching new teamwear. Meanwhile, AlphaTauri’s 2020 car, the AT01 you see in the images here, will hit the track tomorrow at the Misano circuit in Italy, with Kvyat set to be the first to get a taste of the new machine.
This season will see AlphaTauri looking to build on the success of Toro Rosso’s most successful ever campaign in F1 last year, which saw both Kvyat and Gasly net podiums for the team, in Germany and Brazil respectively – the first time a Toro Rosso driver has appeared more than once on the rostrum in a season. That led to the team taking sixth in the constructors’ championship, equalling their best ever finish from 2008.
“It’s a big thing going on here tonight,” said Kvyat at the launch. “New name for the team, new livery. Of course technically, the team is going to continue the evolution from last year. I would say it was a strong year in terms of the team’s performance last year.
“Obviously the highlight was the podium for me in Germany and other strong races, so we just want to continue in this way for this year as well. There’s a lot of hard work behind the scenes and we’re hopeful for a good year.”
“We finished the  season really well with the podium in Brazil,” added Gasly. “We had a good couple of races, so we need to keep the momentum. The team has a great energy, everybody is super motivated so we just need to get on track now.”
AlphaTauri, meanwhile, will continue to benefit from the close working relationship with their Red Bull sister team through the Red Bull Technology synergy, while the Faenza, Italy-based squad – who began life as Minardi back in 1985 – will also share the same Honda power units as Red Bull.
After the AT01’s on-track debut at Misano, the team will decamp to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where official pre-season testing is set to begin on February 19.