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AlphaTauri elect for reset with 'completely new' 2023 car

The AT04 will only share a few components with its predecessor according to AlphaTauri Team Principal Franz Tost.

The AlphaTauri AT04 is a "completely new car" compared to its predecessor, according to Team Principal Franz Tost. The team unveiled the livery for the car at an event in New York to coincide with the famous Fashion Week , and Tost was present along with drivers Yuki Tsunoda and Nyck de Vries. According to the Team Principal, the AT04 will share a few common parts with the AT03, with the team opting for 'revolution' rather than 'evolution' for 2023. "Apart from the gearbox and many parts from the rear suspension, it's a completely new car," Tost revealed to media, including RacingNews365.com .

Tost regrets cost cap restrictions on 2022 car

At the start of the season AlphaTauri were among the teams most affected by the porpoising phenomenon, which was noticeable from the onboards of Pierre Gasly at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The team struggled for most of the season, with Tost admitting that they did not make any further updates to the AT03 due to the financial restrictions in place. "We struggled a little bit with the performance of the car, we detected the problems during the season," he explained. "But because of the cost cap we couldn't change everything that we would have liked." From there, the team elected switch focus early and increase resources on the 2023 car, which Tost believes has put the team in "the right direction." He continued: "We said 'Okay, we put everything into the AT04, into the new car' [we] changed many things on the design side, and up to now all the figures tell us that we went in the right direction. But, in the end, lap time decides."

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