PART ONE OF TWO
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES – Guenther Steiner (Haas), Otmar Szafnauer (Aston Martin), Franz Tost (AlphaTauri)
Q: Franz, you’ve been within the back-end of the factors for the final couple of races. Are you glad with that or annoyed that you just didn’t ship extra?
Franz TOST: I’m upset. As a result of, particularly the race in Portimão was not good for us. We struggled with the set-up due to the particular circumstances there, with the low grip stage and with the wind and we couldn’t present the drivers with the correct automotive and the race earlier than, in Imola, we made a mistake with Pierre Gasly, despatched him out with the flawed tyres at first and this, after all, had a really unhealthy affect to the race consequence. Yuki did fairly an excellent job however sadly the second half of the race he had a spin the place he misplaced some good positions. Subsequently I hope that we reset all the pieces within the correct means and that we’re again right here in Barcelona with each vehicles within the factors.
Q: We’ll come to Yuki in a minute however how helpful is it so that you can be again at a monitor that you recognize properly this weekend – by way of it being an excellent benchmark for the staff?
FT: In fact, Barcelona is now the primary racetrack of this 12 months the place we actually can consider the efficiency of the completely different groups and, in case you are quick right here in Barcelona, then I feel you’re aggressive for the remainder of the season. If you’re struggling right here, then you need to discover options to catch up. Subsequently this race right here in Barcelona is essential for us.
Q: On automotive efficiency, Pierre stated yesterday that gradual corners are a weak spot for you guys this 12 months. If that’s the case, are you anticipating a few robust races arising in Monaco and Baku.
FT: Yeah, OK, Monaco is a totally completely different attribute from the set-up of the automotive. All of the vehicles will likely be a lot softer with most downforce. I hope that we will type out this. As we speak we had, within the slow-speed corners, some smaller issues however I feel we will do away with it. Yuki had a bit an excessive amount of understeer in slow-speed and mid-speed corners however no main issues, and Pierre was, with the Comfortable tyres, fairly glad. With the Exhausting tyres, he stated the automotive was a bit of bit too disconnected. The engineers are sitting out collectively to search out out hopefully a correct set-up for FP2 and for the remainder of the weekend.
Q: The final couple of races have been fairly robust for Yuki. Why so? And what are your objectives for him this weekend in Spain?
FT: The aim is, the objectives are to begin with that he can do as many laps as attainable as a result of a newcomer, additionally if he is aware of the racetrack fairly properly, must get accustomed to the automotive and with all the pieces at this monitor. I anticipate him to be near Qualifying Three and, within the race, if all the pieces runs properly, if we discover a correct set-up, he is ready to rating factors.
Q: Otmar, robust race in Portugal for each of your drivers however what did you study? What did the upgrades convey to efficiency on Lance’s automotive specifically?
Otmar SZAFNAUER: So, we had the improve simply on Lance’s automotive and yeah, it was a troublesome race for us. Lance began seventeenth and didn’t fairly get an excellent lap in, in Q1, so he didn’t get out of Q1. Within the race he was a bit stronger than Seb and partly because of the truth he had the improve and Seb didn’t. We’ve received the improve right here on each vehicles, so we look ahead to evaluating him on each vehicles now.
Q: What does the improve convey by way of efficiency. The place is the automotive higher?
OS: Nicely, we focussed our whole efforts now on the downforce discount that was launched by means of the regulation change, so the improve is to claw a few of that again.
Q: one optimistic from final weekend is that Seb seems to be getting a deal with on issues. Is that the way you guys see it?
OS: Yeah. We at all times stated it was going to take a little bit of time and seat-time in our automotive and it’s proving to be the case. He did a fantastic job in Q1 and Q2. He made a mistake in Q3, ended-up tenth and received plenty of seat-time within the race as properly and it seems to be like in FP1 right here, he’s persevering with to familiarize yourself with the automotive. He nonetheless wasn’t pleased with the steadiness after the race. And as Seb says, “the velocity of the automotive is one factor – however I’ve received to get the steadiness proper and get comfy in it and I’m nonetheless not fairly there but.” Hopefully this race will take one other step in direction of that.
Q: Nicely, if he does take one other step. What are the objectives for this weekend – and does your efficiency at this monitor final 12 months provide you with some confidence?
OS: Yeah, it’s a monitor that fits our automotive a bit of bit greater than Portimão, for instance, and if we do an excellent job between now and qualifying, having an opportunity to get each of them into Q3 could be useful and profitable.
Q: Guenther, each drivers noticed the chequered flag in Portugal, and Mick specifically had a fantastic race, overtaking Nicholas Latifi. How a lot confidence will that efficiency give Mick?
Guenther STEINER: Troublesome to say. I imply, this morning it was not good, very troublesome session for us for each vehicles however, you recognize, I feel Mick for certain was comfortable after the race in Portimão, together with his efficiency. I feel that’s the greatest we will do in the meanwhile and he received all the pieces out of it.
Q: And was that his greatest efficiency of the 12 months thus far, for you guys?
SG: Yeah, I might say so. Completely. You recognize, he’s studying the automotive, he’s getting higher and higher accustomed to Method 1 and I feel hopefully it can proceed, this understanding of Method 1 and enhancing race to race.
Q: There was a bit of little bit of a disagreement yesterday between your drivers concerning the automotive. Mick stated that he’d made a step ahead – the automotive had made a step ahead – in Portugal, whereas Nikita disagreed with that, saying it hadn’t. What’s the story?
GS: I feel I wasn’t right here, so I need to hear that story as properly, concerning the disagreement. I feel Mick possibly can adapt extra, or faster to what the automotive is doing. I imply, everyone knows the automotive is just not superb, and we at all times stated that, in order a lot as my colleagues listed here are struggling, I want I might have certainly one of their vehicles. Ultimately, I feel Nikita, we simply must attempt to get him a greater steadiness as properly. So the deficiencies of the automotive, to beat them a bit of bit, the automotive may be very unstable in turn-in and I assume Mick possibly can handle that one higher and Nikita struggles a bit of bit extra, as a result of he desires the rear finish, simply to be assured that it sticks. So, it’s one of many issues the place we have to attempt to get Nikita into a greater spot, that he feels extra assured – as a result of if he has no confidence in his vehicles, it’s very troublesome to drive them, as a result of, you recognize, the speeds you’re going, it’s not simple, so that’s what you are attempting to do.
Q: Certainly one of your vehicles beat a Williams final weekend. Is it reasonable to assume you are able to do that at most races?
GS: No. I imply, so long as we will take the combat to them, we’re comfortable to be sincere, you recognize. For certain we are going to strive, I at all times stated we are going to attempt to obtain one thing. You can not come right here and do all this work and never attempt to combat something. For us, it was an excellent second. Even whether it is for little issues we combat for, it’s essential carry on doing and enhancing. The drivers study in a race like this for certain. Mick realized so much about racing in Method 1 as a result of earlier than we had been at all times behind and simply making laps mainly – which helps as properly – however for those who begin to combat, for those who combat for extra, a minimum of you have got carried out it within the again finish.
Q: (Luke Smith – Autosport, by way of e mail) Franz, it’s for you. On the final F1 Fee assembly, AlphaTauri sided with Red Bull and Ferrari and opposed sporting penalties for procedural breaches of the Monetary Rules. Mattia Binotto stated that Ferrari wished extra readability on the foundations earlier than it may vote in favour. Might you define and clarify AlphaTauri’s place on this matter please?
FT: It’s fairly clear. It’s a change in the course of the season and what we requested is solely a clarification. We wait now till the FIA will provide you with this after which we are going to determine how one can proceed. I don’t need to go into particulars as a result of, as you recognize, that is confidential contents – however AlphaTauri, as you recognize, is completely not in opposition to price cap or in opposition to any amendments for the fee cap – but it surely needs to be carried out in a correct means and we merely must outline intimately what the FIA desires with this and subsequently we requested for this clarification.
Q: (Dieter Rencken – Racing Strains) To all three alongside the identical kind of traces. Final week, simply earlier than the Portuguese Grand Prix, Zak Brown printed a letter wherein he instructed sure groups had been voting in block with their engine suppliers or technical companions or no matter. The place do you three stand on this matter? All three of you’re aligned ultimately or different to a different main staff? The place do you stand on this regard please?
GS: I feel we vote for the very best of Haas F1 at all times. Clearly, when it goes in keeping with Ferrari, voting with them helps us, we vote that one. For us, the instance is just like the query requested earlier than concerning the penalty, the sporting penalty for exceeding the funds cap, we voted for it. We’re beneath no strain. Clearly we converse with Ferrari on a regular basis, we work with them – however we’re not obliged to do what they are saying and constructing this racket mainly. I feel for us, more often than not, it’s useful to vote with Ferrari, for apparent causes but it surely isn’t at all times like this. We’re nonetheless free to do what we do – however we do the very best for Haas F1 – the vast majority of the time goes with what Ferrari is doing. That’s our place on that one.
Q: Otmar please.
OS: Yeah, we too vote for what’s greatest for us. We take into account all the pieces that’s in entrance of us and we do what’s greatest for Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Crew.
Q: And Franz please
FT: We vote what’s within the favour of Scuderia AlphaTauri.
Q: (Scott Mitchell – The Race) It’s a query for Otmar please. Otmar, what’s the most recent on the discussions you began with the FIA over the method to vary the ground guidelines for 2021? Did you get the solutions you had been in search of and are you continue to looking for any form of in-season change to handle the results of that rule change?
OS: We had good discussions with the FIA to grasp the method and the way we received to the place we received to. The discussions have virtually come to an finish. I feel we made good course of to have a greater understanding of what transpired.
Q: (Christian Nimmervoll – motorsport.com) Following up on Scott’s query really, Otmar, given it appears fairly unlikely that the result of this will likely be that the ground guidelines will likely be reverted again to what it was earlier than, will you share your ideas please on what, out of your viewpoint, could be the specified consequence – and possibly Franz and Guenther, can in addition they share their ideas on in the event that they really feel there was a flaw within the rule-making course of that result in this regulation? Thanks.
OS: Nicely, for us, what now we have to do now could be, like I stated earlier than, now we have to work exhausting to make up the deficit that was launched over the winter. We’ve got a brand new package deal right here on each vehicles that was launched in Portimão – however Portimão, the character of the circuit is plenty of low-speed corners, so we’ll be capable to consider what we’ve carried out right here and now we have to work exhausting to convey even additional upgrades in a while within the 12 months to get us again to the efficiency ranges that we had final 12 months.
Q: Franz, your ideas please?
FT: Everyone knows the method when a brand new regulation is coming in and this new flooring regulation was mounted final 12 months and was agreed by all of the groups. It was sanctioned by the Method 1 Fee and the World Motor Sport Council and subsequently I don’t see any likelihood that this regulation might be within the quick time period modified. Then it’s as much as the groups to interpret the rules the absolute best means and get probably the most out of it.
GS: I feel there may be not so much so as to add to what Franz stated. The rules they had been modified, it was voted. I don’t know the element of what was requested for and it wouldn’t make plenty of distinction to us anyway.
OS: Only for the report, it wasn’t voted, it was carried out on security grounds and it was unilateral.
FT: No, it was mounted. The Technical Working Group later…
OS: Three groups voted in opposition to the Technical Working Group however the Technical Working Group was an indicative vote. The Technical Working Group doesn’t have a proper to vote anyway. It was simply a sign, however then it was carried out on security grounds anyway. That’s only for the report.
Q: (Dieter Rencken – Racing Strains) Guenther, I might may make clear precisely how the technical construction now works inside Haas F1 as clearly you continue to have this 12 months’s automotive which was a Dallara-designed and manufactured automotive after which you have got subsequent 12 months’s automotive which is mainly being carried out by the Ferrari satellite tv for pc. How’s it working in the meanwhile? I imply is the one doing work on the the opposite automotive and the way do marry all this beneath the funds cap given you’ve received two completely separate operations operating?
GS: Oh, there’s a lot to reply right here, as a result of a number of statements weren’t right you made Dieter. The automotive is at all times designed by Haas F1; it was and it nonetheless is. It’s simply from completely different folks. We had our folks final 12 months… two years in the past, sorry, not final 12 months, as final 12 months we stopped for fairly some time, extra folks from Dallara and we changed among the folks from Dallara with folks from Ferrari and it’s not a satellite tv for pc Ferrari staff, now we have received the Haas F1 construction however we nonetheless have an workplace at Dallara as properly as a result of we use about a mean of 30 folks from Dallara as properly. Nothing has modified within the precept it’s simply that as an alternative of getting some folks from Dallara earlier than, we received some folks from Ferrari for the long run. Not so much has modified it’s simply the trade of the place they’re coming from.
Q: (Scott Mitchell – The Race) Otmar, I simply wished to make clear one thing you stated there concerning the objection from the three groups within the indicative vote after which what the Technical Working Group did. Did Aston Martin object within the first occasion to those rule modifications?
OS: Sure, we did. We objected on the idea that they had been extra beneficial to excessive rake vehicles really and we objected to that after which proposed different rules that will be extra equal. The vote within the Technical Advisory Committee is simply indicative and it was seven to a few on the time.
Q: (Andrew Benson – BBC) Otmar, that is for you. You retain saying that these rule modifications have extra badly affected the low rake vehicles greater than the excessive rake vehicles. How are you aware that? You haven’t received a excessive rake automotive to check and the statistics by way of the way in which the groups have progressed from one 12 months to the following don’t essentially tally with that argument. So what’s you technical rationalization for why that’s the case and the way are you aware?
OS: Nicely, we developed a excessive rake automotive for a lot of, a few years, for the reason that excessive rake idea began with the blown flooring and we had been one of many solely ones, really the one one, to vary from a excessive rake philosophy to a low rake. So we’ve received the power internally, by means of each CFD and doing tunnel runs, in addition to having the expertise of each, to take a look on the modifications and to have the ability to decide whether it is extra detrimental to at least one philosophy than the opposite, which is strictly what we introduced up in August of final 12 months and we had been, I feel, confirmed right. And as for statistically not exhibiting that, for those who simply have a look at the final race, with out the pit stops for Mercedes, for instance, I feel Lewis was 34 seconds forward of Max finally 12 months’s Portimão and had they not had the pit stops on the finish to attempt to get the quickest lap I feel this 12 months it was 4 seconds in it. So that they misplaced 30 seconds in a single race to a Pink Bull. And we too. For those who have a look at our instances, the place we completed, we too had been about 30 seconds behind from the place we had been final 12 months. Simply have a look at the primary three races. Have a look at each qualifying in addition to race outcomes.
Q: (Alan Baldwin – Reuters) Query for Guenther. With Mick clearly getting extra out of the automotive and Nikita struggling a bit, I simply questioned if Mick is taking up far more of a management function throughout the staff? He’s clearly forward. Is that placing extra emphasis on what he will get out of the automotive and his set-ups and all the pieces so far as Nikita is worried?
GS: Absolutely we have a look at Mick to see why he’s getting extra out and attempt to get Nikita as much as the identical velocity. So the main target is definitely extra on Nikita, to get him on top of things, than on Mick. We simply want to grasp why he will get extra out of the automotive, see how the automotive is about up. It’s too early to place up a management as a result of the following factor is somebody will say Mick is the primary and it’s not like that. It’s an equal standing. Each have gotten the identical automotive and that’s what we are going to hold. We’re solely on race weekend 4, not even race 4 but, so I feel to leap to all these conclusions is simply too early however for certain Mick is in the meanwhile forward however I’m fairly certain we will get Nikita there as properly.
Q: (Christian Nimmervoll – motorsport.com) Query to all, please. Method 1 is at the moment discussing a cap for driver salaries. What do you assume could be an inexpensive quantity for that?
FT: On the finish that’s as much as the groups. I feel it shouldn’t be greater than round 30 million for each drivers however as soon as extra that is in dialogue and it relies upon then at all times how a lot monetary sources the completely different groups have and wherein route we are going to go.
OS: Yeah, I feel the quantity that Franz talked about was talked about within the dialogue, so in that area.
GS: I feel we’re in early discussions so I feel there must be carried out much more work earlier than we get to a quantity and the way it’s utilized and all that stuff, so I don’t need to get to a quantity.
Q: (Chris Medland – Racer) Otmar, what was the opposite resolution that Aston Martin proposed and what was the explanation given, if there was one, as to why it was not accepted or regarded into additional?
OS: We proposed to not have the second modifications made, as a result of the modifications got here in succession, and we thought the primary change that was utilized was sufficient to gradual the vehicles, so we instructed to simply hold it there. However there have been others options that had been proposed and never by us however early on and I’ll provide the instance of lowering the rear wing measurement and that will have affected each physique equally, however that wasn’t chosen.
Q: (Dieter Rencken – Racing Strains) Guenther, I might identical to to observe up on one thing you stated, please, only for readability. The ex-Ferrari folks as you name them. They’re based mostly in Maranello, I consider. Sure, I realise it’s a fully sealed off space however are they concentrating solely on the 2022 automotive or are they performing some work on the present automotive as properly? And equally, is Dallara doing something on subsequent 12 months’s automotive.
GS: Sorry, I forgot to reply that earlier than, it was my fault Dieter. No, they’re concentrating on the ’22 automotive. As I stated loads of instances earlier than, we deserted the ’21 automotive. We did a bit of bit of labor on reliability points with the ’21 automotive however they’re now attending to the top, so all of the folks in Maranello, as a result of that is Haas folks and Ferrari folks, they’re focusing ’22 and Dallara they converted to ’22 and so they do the odd job on the ’21 automotive whether it is wanted however not efficiency, only for points if now we have one.
Q: (Scott Mitchell – The Race) Otmar, once you raised these issues extra, in hindsight, may you have got contested the purpose extra? Is there something you possibly can have carried out on the time to problem this as an alternative of pursuing after the actual fact, now, once we are already into the season?
OS: I don’t assume so. I feel we pointed it out on the time and as soon as the rules had been written in and accepted we labored exhausting at attempting to claw again the entire downforce we misplaced.
TEAM PRINCIPALS – Frédéric VASSEUR (Alfa Romeo), Simon ROBERTS (Williams), Mario ISOLA (Pirelli)
Q: Fred, why don’t we begin with you? Good to see Robert again within the automotive this morning for FP1. It didn’t finish properly however it might be fascinating to listen to what he stated concerning the automotive?
Frédéric VASSEUR: Yeah, properly, for certain he was a bit too optimistic on the finish of the session, however alternatively he did an excellent first stint. He was straight on to the tempo, and it was good to have one other suggestions and a brand new push like this and we did the identical final week with Callum and Callum additionally did an excellent job and it’s additionally an excellent method.
Q: You point out final week. Begin of the race: inform us about your response to what occurred on lap one in Portimão?
FV: I used to be fairly shut to purchasing a canine for Kimi, or a stick! For certain, it’s a disgrace however the circumstances had been like this and he needed to make some modifications on the steering wheel and he was extra targeted on the sprint than on Antonio however it’s what it’s.
Q: What occurs in that scenario as a result of Kimi instructed us yesterday that he didn’t keep round…?
FV: Ah, what’s occurred is that once we went again after the race, Kimi was the primary one to apologise and this might occur. For certain he didn’t do it on objective.
Q: Was Antonio’s automotive carrying any injury in any respect?
FV: No, we had been very scared concerning the puncture. He had a small injury on the ground on the rear of the automotive but it surely was not a giant one.
Q: Let’s speak about automotive efficiency now. After the race Giovinazzi stated 12th is about our stage in the meanwhile. Do you agree with him or is the pecking order goes to fluctuate from one race to the following?
FV: It’s so tight between P6 and P16 or P17 or P18 that on the finish, from one week to the opposite one you’ll be able to transfer from Q3 to the again of the grid. Even from quali to the race that you’ve massive modifications and for certain in that scenario now we have to do the proper weekend, with none errors, to attain factors. To have a DNF in entrance would assist for certain but it surely was not the case final week. However now we have to be targeted on our job and to keep away from to do a small mistake as we did on the final couple occasions.
Q: How troublesome is it to extract efficiency from this automotive, as a result of there was plenty of optimism after testing, and but it’s at all times been as Antonio says, P12?
FV: Yeah, however we did an enormous step ahead by way of pure efficiency in comparison with final 12 months. Final 12 months in Barcelona we had been one thing like 2.8% off in P1 and we’re 1.5% this morning. It’s half the hole. Now, race specification is a distinct story. You need to be on the proper place on the proper second, you need to keep away from any mistake and maybe we’re struggling in the present day to place all the pieces collectively, however I’m not frightened. So long as the tempo is there it can repay.
Q: Fred, Jan Monchaux stated final weekend that Antonio has stepped up this 12 months. Do you agree and simply inform us a bit of bit about how Antonio has grown as a driver and his affect on the staff now?
FV: It’s not simple to begin alongside Kimi, for certain. In all probability he struggled a bit of bit firstly, to search out his personal place, however now he’s getting increasingly more assured, he’s doing the job in qualifying and into the race he did a really sturdy efficiency final week, to complete I feel it was 4 or 5 seconds behind Sainz and Pierre, for it’s an excellent end result on our aspect. For certain, we had been P12 and that’s not the aim in any respect but when we’re capable of end all of the races simply behind Sainz, I feel that we are going to rating factors.
Q: Simon, can we begin by throwing it again to Portugal the place it was a troublesome race for you guys? How a lot of a shock was that?
Simon ROBERTS: It wasn’t such a shock. We had been, I assume, over-optimistic, having had such unbelievable qualifying however the true tempo of the automotive by no means actually modified. We had an excellent begin – George had an excellent begin. If it hadn’t had been for the pink flag – who is aware of? That was form of the race tempo, these circumstances on that day… it was fairly distinctive circumstances in Portugal and also you noticed in Imola, two weeks earlier than, it was the identical automotive but it surely was far more aggressive. I feel we had been dissatisfied as a result of we had been so optimistic however the actuality is, once you have a look at the information, it was much less of a shock.
Q: Now each drivers have talked concerning the delicate nature of the automotive; what are you guys doing to remedy it? What are you able to do?
SR: Nicely, we’re doing all the pieces we will. The problem with these vehicles, with the mixture of plenty of homologated elements after which some mandated modifications to the ground and rear brake ducts, the very first thing we did which the fellows on the manufacturing unit and the women on the manufacturing unit, was recuperate as a lot efficiency as we may to try to make our automotive aggressive. I feel – and the information reveals now we have carried out that. The automotive is a greater automotive than it was final 12 months. The down aspect is that it’s extra delicate so often that will get uncovered, different instances it doesn’t. It’s a mix of circumstances actually.
Q: Let’s have a look at some positives now as a result of we haven’t had you within the press convention because you guys had a fantastic run – didn’t finish properly actually in Imola however by way of tempo and qualifying, each vehicles by means of to Q2. That was a giant step, particularly for Nicholas, so can we speak about him? How’s he grown and advanced as a driver from final 12 months to this?
SR: Yeah. Final 12 months was his first season and everybody learns so much of their first season however he’s come again into this 12 months actually super-positive, filled with dedication and super-fit and I feel we will see that. Nothing revolutionary, only a very nice construct on all the pieces he’s been doing and all of the assist he will get, all of it works, yeah, it’s actually good to see.
Q: There have been a number of job advertisements going round for Williams, particularly within the aerodynamics division. Inform us a bit of bit about that; is it focused at 2022?
SR: So it’s a part of our transformation. The target is to rebuild Williams again to a a lot, significantly better situation and there’s no silver bullet, there’s no fast wins. As you recognize, we function beneath the fee cap so fortunately, not like different groups, we’ve received some flexibility and a few headroom, so it’s a part of a strategic plan and it’s simply addressing issues which we predict will make an actual distinction going ahead.
Q: Mario, thanks for ready, we’ve been to a few very completely different circuits thus far this 12 months. What have you ever realized concerning the new constructions and the way they’re performing?
Mario ISOLA: I consider that the brand new building is working as anticipated. We will use at a decrease strain, that was one of many targets, to have a extra sturdy tyre. When it comes to efficiency. It’s troublesome to present you suggestions as a result of there are additionally modifications on the vehicles which are clearly affecting the efficiency. I’ll say that solely Portimão was a bit completely different in comparison with different races, most likely due to the kind of tarmac in Portimão, however for the remainder, I might say that the end result and the suggestions is in keeping with our expectations. Now that the staff have had the chance to steadiness the automotive to spend time on the set-up, which was not attainable final 12 months whereas testing, throughout free observe, they begin to study the brand new building higher and begin the efficiency with the brand new building.
Q: You’ve simply stated that Portimão wasn’t an outlier however Lewis stated after the race in Portugal that he was capable of push tougher for longer. How a lot satisfaction does a remark like that provide you with?
MI: That was certainly one of our targets once we determined to appoint C1, C2 and C3, understanding that, understanding as I stated, the tarmac in Portugal is kind of distinctive, with a really low micro-roughness and really low grip, which implies that the vehicles are sliding however because of the monitor evolution in the course of the weekend and doubtless the temperature that was a bit larger in comparison with the remainder of the weekend, the exhausting compound was the important thing or the shock of the race and Lewis was capable of push, that’s what the drivers are asking of us and it’s additionally what we addressing for subsequent 12 months with 18 inch tyres.
Q: You’ve introduced the identical tyres right here to Spain; it’s a extra abrasive circuit, so what can we anticipate to occur right here?
MI: It’s a totally completely different circuit. We’ve got additionally to take into consideration the brand new flip 10 as a result of we all know the sector three in Barcelona is the a part of the circuit that’s over-stressing the rear tyres with some sliding and overheating. With the brand new flip 10, I consider that the format goes within the route of serving to the rear tyre a bit of bit, but it surely’s most likely a two cease race, because it was final 12 months, for almost all of the rivals. Then we see what occurs in the course of the weekend by way of temperature. Final 12 months we got here in Barcelona in August, it was a lot hotter than our expectations for this weekend. There may be additionally a really low likelihood of rain for Sunday. In all probability it’s not going to rain however cooler circumstances for Sunday and groups have to gather vital parts throughout observe to outline the technique for the remainder of the weekend.
Q: Mercedes had been testing the 18 inch tyres at Imola after the race. What suggestions did you get from the staff and the drivers?
MI: We’ve got optimistic suggestions with the traits of the brand new tyres in keeping with the drivers’ expectations and with earlier exams. It was essential to verify, on completely different circuits and completely different vehicles and drivers that we get the identical suggestions for the brand new product. Don’t neglect, now we have to construct one tyre for 20 completely different drivers and ten completely different groups so the tyre is the very best compromise throughout all of the groups and the affirmation from Mercedes on the best choice that was additionally the best choice for Ferrari, for Alpine, is an efficient start line as a result of now now we have the chance in Barcelona, after the race, to begin specializing in compounds after which we need to develop a brand new household of compounds with fully completely different traits with a purpose to cut back overheating… not having overheating is sort of inconceivable however the goal is cut back overheating and degradation and design a tyre that’s in keeping with the goal letter which was additionally written along with the drivers.
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Andrew Benson – BBC) Simon, if I’ve interpreted the drivers accurately, they stated that you just’ve chased peak downforce this 12 months with much less concern for consistency and predictability. Initially, is that right? Secondly, it’s fairly an unconventional method – groups usually choose to go for consistency and predictability, as a result of clearly circumstances at tracks aren’t secure and drivers like consistency – so why did you do it? And thirdly, are you having second ideas about that method for the long run?
SR: Yeah, that wasn’t the strategic method. Our method was easy. There have been modifications to the rules and we had been going to lose downforce and the staff labored as exhausting as they may to recuperate that downforce. And I feel we’re not the one staff. Search for and down the pit lane beneath sure circumstances and all of the vehicles are extra delicate than they was final 12 months. Our automotive might or might not be worse than others but it surely’s a consequence of the rules and what we may throughout the homologated components and the time accessible. It wasn’t a plan, it wouldn’t have been a fantastic factor to do.
Q: (Julien Billiotte – AutoHebdo) Simon, it’s honest to imagine that Williams will lose George Russell on the finish of this season. What sort of profile are you focusing on to verify there is no such thing as a massive drop in efficiency on the motive force entrance in 2022?
SR: Yeah, we haven’t thought an excessive amount of about that but. George is with us all 12 months and that’s what we’re in search of, however going ahead, you recognize, it’s a brand new period for the staff and we’re going to be in search of efficiency and efficiency is available in drivers in addition to what we will with the automotive so yeah, that’s all I can say actually.
Q: (Dieter Rencken – Racing Strains) To the 2 staff principals: Zak Brown final week printed a letter wherein he implied that sure groups had been voting in keeping with their main engine suppliers or technical companions or no matter. The 2 staff principals current each have main groups as suppliers. Do you really vote on what’s good for yourselves or do you vote for what’s good to your main provider?
FV: For certain on the engine aspect it’s fairly clear that we’re aligned with our engine provider. For the chassis and all the opposite choices relating to the chassis or the sporting rules all of us have our personal method and fairly often we’re not aligned with the engine provider.
SR: Yeah, related. On the engine, we clearly assist Mercedes however we glance after our personal pursuits, at first on all the pieces else.
Q: (Julien Billiotte – AutoHebdo) Fred, how a lot of contender is Calum Ilott for an Alfa Romeo race seat in 2022?
FV: Guys, we did three races in 2021! We are going to see in the midst of the season, he’ll do another FP1s after which we are going to determine for the drivers however as we did prior to now, we’re used to taking the choices by the final quarter of the season and we received’t do it earlier than.
Q: (Sandor Meszaros – Autosport Es Method) Simon, that is Roy Nissany’s second 12 months with the staff and he was within the automotive in FP1. Are you able to please inform us how he has progressed since final 12 months, how a lot of his technical understanding is getting higher and higher?
SR: Yeah, so it’s at all times nice once we’ve received Roy with us within the storage. He’s a bundle of vitality and at all times very optimistic. He did a fantastic job once more in FP1. I feel the circumstances had been very troublesome when he first went out, the monitor was inexperienced and he was on the prime tyre however on the finish of that session he was very constant, he labored his means by means of our programme and did completely all the pieces we may have requested for. The consistency was there, his understanding of the automotive is rising as you say, however now we have given him time on the simulator so yeah, he does a fantastic job, we’re very, more than happy.
Q: (Dieter Rencken – Racing Strains) Fred, after I had a have a look at the automotive gross sales for Alfa, which is one thing like 50,000 items for the 12 months. Can they actually afford to be in Method 1, significantly given the brand new construction with Stellantis and the brand new CEO and so on? Are you anticipating to maintain them for subsequent 12 months or may we see a change again to Sauber from 2022 onwards?
FV: You need to ask the query to Alfa Romeo first however we’re in discussions for the long run and I feel that the model and the title Alfa Romeo is an iconic one, it’s an vital title additionally for the group and the historical past of the model is straight linked to F1 and I hope that we will proceed collectively.
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