AlphaTauri has unveiled its new 2021 Formula 1 challenger, the AT02.

The Faenza-based team revealed the Honda-powered car on Friday morning as it became the second team after McLaren to launch.

It is coming off the back of a successful 2020 campaign where Pierre Gasly returned the team to the top step of the podium after he took a surprise victory at the Italian Grand Prix.

The Frenchman is staying on for this season, but will have a new team-mate as Japanese youngster Yuki Tsunoda is stepping up from F2 as replacement for Daniil Kvyat.

The AT02 is an evolution of last year’s car, but the team has made a big aero push to try to find improvements as it has also been forced to respond to rule changes in the floor and brake duct area.

Although F1’s rules allowed AlphaTauri to upgrade its suspension to Red Bull’s 2020 specification, the team elected to keep with the version it ran last year.

AlphaTauri is sticking with Honda engines for the Japanese manufacturer’s final season in F1, and will then move to Red Bull power units like its sister team from 2022.

More to follow.

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