David Croft has playfully proposed a new team name for AlphaTauri after their livery drew comparisons to a zebra by Sky Sports F1 pundits.
The Faenza-based outfit are trialling a new livery for next season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with a rebrand and a name change coming for 2024.
Recent speculation suggested the team could possibly adopt the name 'Racing Bulls', following Red Bull's trademark with the European Union.
However, Croft put forward his own recommendation after Ted Kravitz explained the trial livery that both Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo had been driving around in at the Yas Marina Circuit.
“Well it’s just one of the two teams that haven’t taken their branding off from Las Vegas, because you know, got other things to do," Kravitz said during FP3.
"But, I think that actually in Las Vegas and now even more so, that is a trial livery for next year, what AlphaTauri are running now.”
"Really? Zebra Racing? We’ll see,” Croft replied.
Wildlife battle ensues on comms
True to Kravitz's style, the discussion took an unexpected turn, steering away from the actual F1 action on the track.
Former F1 driver Anthony Davidson playfully inquired about a race between a zebra and a bull, prompting Croft and Kravitz to provide a surprisingly well-researched response.
“Right, Ted, while you were talking and doing your plane spotting, the top speed of a zebra: 65mph. Top speed of a bull: 56mph. Zebra wins qualifying," Croft revealed before Kravitz countered.
“Yes, but bulls have horns and would probably impale the zebra if he manages to catch… oh I see what you’re saying. The bull wouldn’t catch the zebra in order to impale him with his horns," Kravitz responded.
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