(GMM) Christian Horner has dismissed theories that AlphaTauri is the new “pink Mercedes” of Formula 1.
Before Aston Martin assumed its current name, the Lawrence Stroll-owned team was colored pink and called Racing Point – and accused of having far too close a technical relationship with the dominant Mercedes team of the time.
And so, as Red Bull-owned AlphaTauri emerged from its performance slump mid-season in 2023, many wondered if the new ‘synergies’ with parent team Red Bull Racing were coming together in the form of cloned new car parts.
“It’s a long way from a ‘pink Mercedes’,” Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner is quoted by the Spanish broadcaster DAZN.
“There are some transferable components that are clearly listed in the rule book, and that’s what they have. But if you look at that car, there are fundamental differences between the AlphaTauri and the Red Bull.
“And arguably there are other cars on the grid that are much closer in concept than an AlphaTauri. Just look at the Aston Martin,” Horner said.
“Or even the McLaren – if you look at the rear suspension, it’s very similar in concept to ours,” he insisted.
Horner also notes that Mercedes and also Ferrari have close technical relationships with teams, involving the supply of “gearboxes, suspension and simulation and wind tunnel tools”.
“Of course, it’s then up to them how they use those tools,” he said. “You can see that McLaren has used those tools, in some respects, better than its supplier has done.”