Red Bull Motorsport Advisor Helmut Marko has cooled concerns around AlphaTauri's Formula 1 future after a disappointing start to the season.
The Faenza-based outfit sits at the base of the Constructors' Championship with only two points from the opening eight races courtesy of Yuki Tsunoda.
Nyck de Vries has struggled in his rookie season despite plenty of hype surrounding the Dutchman finally securing his F1 chance and is yet to get off the mark, though the performance of the AT04 has been lacklustre compared to the rest of the midfield.
The poor performance has allowed the rumour mill to start turning this season, with speculation over a sale of the team by Red Bull being consistently denied.
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"We are not satisfied with AlphaTauri's current performance, nor are they themselves," Marko told F1 Insider.
"But their main task is still to train our young talents so that they can take the next step. This has worked well in the past and the current example of Yuki Tsunoda shows that it still works today despite the still meagre points haul."
Suggesting increased synergy with the parent team, Marko added: "We hope that AlphaTauri can improve this year and for the future, the plan is to expand the collaboration with Red Bull Racing – within the permitted limits of the regulations – so that more resources can be used efficiently.
"For this, it is planned that parts of the team will go to England."