AlphaTauri denies Ferrari’s claims of aggressive announcement
Outgoing team boss Franz Tost says hands were tied on timing of Laurent Mekies' appointment
“The announcement, to tell you the truth, was not planned to come up now; this was planned much later,” Tost stated, as quoted by Motorsport.com. “But as you all [journalists] are very professional, there were some leaks in the press. And I didn’t want to come here to Baku – it was in the Gazzetta dello Sport, for example – and to tell all of you, ‘no, I don’t know anything,’ because it’s not the way we work.”
Consequently, AlphaTauri decided to release an official press statement earlier than intended. Tost acknowledged that he understands why some individuals might be displeased with the circumstances surrounding the announcement.