AlphaTauri CEO Warns Ricciardo and Tsunoda: Focus on Present, Not Red Bull Aspirations

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Peter Bayer Urges Drivers to Concentrate on Performance Amid Red Bull Speculations

AlphaTauri’s CEO, Peter Bayer, has cautioned both Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda against diverting their attention towards a potential promotion to Red Bull, emphasizing the importance of focusing on the present. The uncertain status of Sergio Perez at Red Bull has led to speculations about potential driver changes within the Red Bull family.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko highlighted the three talented drivers within AlphaTauri, including Ricciardo, a former Red Bull driver, and Tsunoda, who demonstrated promising performances. Ricciardo’s return last season was interrupted by a hand injury, leading to Liam Lawson filling in impressively for five races.

Bayer points to Lawson’s impactful stand-in appearances as a reminder to Ricciardo and Tsunoda about the competitiveness within the Red Bull family. The CEO emphasizes the Red Bull family’s reputation for high expectations and the possibility of mid-season decisions based on performance.

The push-and-pull dynamic within the team encourages drivers to focus on their current responsibilities rather than getting distracted by future aspirations. Bayer acknowledges the potential opportunities for outstanding performances but stresses the need for both drivers to concentrate on delivering consistent results in the upcoming season.

As AlphaTauri aims for progress and strengthens technical ties with Red Bull, Bayer underlines the drivers’ responsibility to demonstrate speed, dedication, and collaboration with the team on a regular basis. The CEO trusts that Ricciardo and Tsunoda are fully focused on their present responsibilities and the challenges of the 2024 season.