WATCH: AlphaTauri’s AT04 2023 F1 car breaks cover for shakedown at Misano
AlphaTauri’s new F1 car, the AT04, has hit the track for a shakedown, with the squad heading to Misano to carry out some initial running before pre-season testing gets under way.
Following their fashion-inspired New York livery launch, AlphaTauri returned to Europe and the Italian venue that is located around 80km south of their Faenza factory.
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On Tuesday, a video of Yuki Tsunoda emerging from the pits was shared on AlphaTauri’s social channels, marking the first time the AT04 has been seen in the flesh.
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Tsunoda has been joined at AlphaTauri by Nyck de Vries for the 2023 campaign, with the Dutchman taking the place of Alpine-bound Pierre Gasly following an impressive stand-in performance for Williams at last year’s Italian Grand Prix.
Tsunoda and De Vries will be tasked with helping AlphaTauri move up from P9 – and the penultimate spot – in the 2022 constructors’ standings, with team boss Franz Tost expressing hope that “the whole field will be much closer together” this year.
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Following their Misano shakedown, AlphaTauri will pack up and head to the Middle East for pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit from February 23-25.