F1 – 2021 SPANISH GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
Q: Franz, you’ve been within the back-end of the factors for the final couple of races. Are you happy with that or annoyed that you simply 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 situations there, with the low grip degree and with the wind and we couldn’t present the drivers with the correct automobile and the race earlier than, in Imola, we made a mistake with Pierre Gasly, despatched him out with the improper tyres firstly and this, after all, had a really unhealthy affect to the race end result. Yuki did fairly 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 every part within the correct approach and that we’re again right here in Barcelona with each automobiles 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 realize effectively this weekend – by way of it being benchmark for the group?
FT: After all, 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 believe you might be aggressive for the remainder of the season. If you’re struggling right here, then it’s important to discover options to catch up. Subsequently this race right here in Barcelona is essential for us.
Q: On automobile 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 powerful races arising in Monaco and Baku.
FT: Yeah, OK, Monaco is a totally completely different attribute from the set-up of the automobile. All of the automobiles can be a lot softer with most downforce. I hope that we are able to kind out this. At this time we had, within the slow-speed corners, some smaller issues however I believe we are able to 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 Smooth tyres, fairly happy. With the Laborious tyres, he stated the automobile was slightly bit too disconnected. The engineers are sitting out collectively to seek 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 powerful for Yuki. Why so? And what are your objectives for him this weekend in Spain?
FT: The objective is, the objectives are initially that he can do as many laps as potential as a result of a newcomer, additionally if he is aware of the racetrack fairly effectively, must get acquainted with the automobile and with every part at this monitor. I count on him to be near Qualifying Three and, within the race, if every part runs effectively, if we discover a correct set-up, he is ready to rating factors.
Q: Otmar, powerful race in Portugal for each of your drivers however what did you study? What did the upgrades deliver to efficiency on Lance’s automobile particularly?
Otmar SZAFNAUER: So, we had the improve simply on Lance’s automobile and yeah, it was a tricky race for us. Lance began seventeenth and didn’t fairly get 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 reality he had the improve and Seb didn’t. We’ve received the improve right here on each automobiles, so we look ahead to evaluating him on each automobiles now.
Q: What does the improve deliver by way of efficiency. The place is the automobile higher?
OS: Properly, we focussed our whole efforts now on the downforce discount that was launched via the regulation change, so the improve is to claw a few of that again.
Q: Taking a look at 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 all the time stated it was going to take a little bit of time and seat-time in our automobile and it’s proving to be the case. He did an awesome job in Q1 and Q2. He made a mistake in Q3, ended-up tenth and received quite a lot of seat-time within the race as effectively and it appears like in FP1 right here, he’s persevering with to become familiar with the automobile. He nonetheless wasn’t proud of the stability after the race. And as Seb says, “the pace of the automobile is one factor – however I’ve received to get the stability proper and get comfy in it and I’m nonetheless not fairly there but.” Hopefully this race will take one other step in the direction of that.
Q: Properly, if he does take one other step. What are the objectives for this weekend – and does your efficiency at this monitor final 12 months offer you some confidence?
OS: Yeah, it’s a monitor that fits our automobile slightly bit greater than Portimão, for instance, and if we do job between now and qualifying, having an opportunity to get each of them into Q3 could be helpful and profitable.
Q: Guenther, each drivers noticed the chequered flag in Portugal, and Mick particularly had an awesome 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 automobiles however, you realize, I believe Mick for certain was joyful after the race in Portimão, together with his efficiency. I believe that’s the finest we are able to do for the time being and he received every part out of it.
Q: And was that his finest efficiency of the 12 months to this point, for you guys?
SG: Yeah, I’d say so. Completely. You realize, he’s studying the automobile, he’s getting higher and higher accustomed to Formulation 1 and I believe hopefully it is going to proceed, this understanding of Formulation 1 and bettering race to race.
Q: There was slightly little bit of a disagreement yesterday between your drivers in regards to the automobile. Mick stated that he’d made a step ahead – the automobile had made a step ahead – in Portugal, whereas Nikita disagreed with that, saying it hadn’t. What’s the story?
GS: I believe I wasn’t right here, so I need to hear that story as effectively, in regards to the disagreement. I believe Mick possibly can adapt extra, or faster to what the automobile is doing. I imply, everyone knows the automobile just isn’t superb, and we all the time stated that, in order a lot as my colleagues listed below are struggling, I want I’d have certainly one of their automobiles. Ultimately, I believe Nikita, we simply have to attempt to get him a greater stability as effectively. So the deficiencies of the automobile, to beat them slightly bit, the automobile could be very unstable in turn-in and I suppose Mick possibly can handle that one higher and Nikita struggles slightly bit extra, as a result of he needs 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 automobiles, it’s very troublesome to drive them, as a result of, you realize, the speeds you’re going, it’s not simple, so that’s what you are attempting to do.
Q: Considered one of your automobiles beat a Williams final weekend. Is it life like to assume you are able to do that at most races?
GS: No. I imply, so long as we are able to take the battle to them, we’re joyful to be trustworthy, you realize. For certain we’ll attempt, I all the time stated we’ll attempt to obtain one thing. You can’t come right here and do all this work and never attempt to battle something. For us, it was second. Even whether it is for little issues we battle for, it’s good to carry on doing and bettering. The drivers study in a race like this for certain. Mick discovered quite a bit about racing in Formulation 1 as a result of earlier than we had been all the time behind and simply making laps mainly – which helps as effectively – however in the event you begin to battle, in the event you battle for extra, at the least you’ve gotten achieved it within the again finish.
Q: (Luke Smith – Autosport, through e mail) Franz, it’s for you. On the final F1 Fee assembly, AlphaTauri sided with Purple Bull and Ferrari and opposed sporting penalties for procedural breaches of the Monetary Rules. Mattia Binotto stated that Ferrari wished extra readability on the principles earlier than it might vote in favour. May 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 just a clarification. We wait now till the FIA will provide you with this after which we’ll determine the way to proceed. I don’t need to go into particulars as a result of, as you realize, that is confidential contents – however AlphaTauri, as you realize, is totally not towards value cap or towards any amendments for the fee cap – nevertheless it must be achieved in a correct approach and we merely have to outline intimately what the FIA needs with this and subsequently we requested for this clarification.
Q: (Dieter Rencken – Racing Traces) To all three alongside the identical form of strains. Final week, simply earlier than the Portuguese Grand Prix, Zak Brown revealed a letter through which he advised 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 might be aligned in a roundabout way or different to a different main group? The place do you stand on this regard please?
GS: I believe we vote for one of the best of Haas F1 all the time. Clearly, when it goes consistent with Ferrari, voting with them helps us, we vote that one. For us, the instance is just like the query requested earlier than in regards to the penalty, the sporting penalty for exceeding the funds cap, we voted for it. We’re below no strain. Clearly we converse with Ferrari on a regular basis, we work with them – however we aren’t obliged to do what they are saying and constructing this racket mainly. I believe for us, more often than not, it’s helpful to vote with Ferrari, for apparent causes nevertheless it isn’t all the time like this. We’re nonetheless free to do what we do – however we do one of the 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 finest for us. We think about every part that’s in entrance of us and we do what’s finest 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 alter the ground guidelines for 2021? Did you get the solutions you had been in search of and are you continue to searching for any type of in-season change to deal with the implications of that rule change?
OS: We had good discussions with the FIA to know the method and the way we received to the place we received to. The discussions have virtually come to an finish. I believe 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 end result of this can be that the ground guidelines can 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 end result – and possibly Franz and Guenther, can additionally 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: Properly, 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 have now a brand new bundle right here on each automobiles that was launched in Portimão – however Portimão, the character of the circuit is quite a lot of low-speed corners, so we’ll be capable of consider what we’ve achieved right here and now we have to work exhausting to deliver even additional upgrades afterward 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 ground regulation was mounted final 12 months and was agreed by all of the groups. It was sanctioned by the Formulation 1 Fee and the World Motor Sport Council and subsequently I don’t see any probability that this regulation could be within the brief time period modified. Then it’s as much as the groups to interpret the rules the very best approach and get essentially the most out of it.
GS: I believe there may be not quite a bit 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 quite a lot of distinction to us anyway.
OS: Only for the document, it wasn’t voted, it was achieved on security grounds and it was unilateral.
FT: No, it was mounted. The Technical Working Group later…
OS: Three groups voted towards 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 achieved on security grounds anyway. That’s only for the document.
Q: (Dieter Rencken – Racing Traces) Guenther, I’d might make clear precisely how the technical construction now works inside Haas F1 as clearly you continue to have this 12 months’s automobile which was a Dallara-designed and manufactured automobile after which you’ve gotten subsequent 12 months’s automobile which is mainly being achieved by the Ferrari satellite tv for pc. How’s it working for the time being? I imply is the one doing work on the the opposite automobile and the way do marry all this below 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 just a few statements weren’t appropriate you made Dieter. The automobile is all the time 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 a few of the folks from Dallara with folks from Ferrari and it’s not a satellite tv for pc Ferrari group, now we have received the Haas F1 construction however we nonetheless have an workplace at Dallara as effectively as a result of we use about a median of 30 folks from Dallara as effectively. Nothing has modified within the precept it’s simply that as a substitute of getting some folks from Dallara earlier than, we received some folks from Ferrari for the long run. Not quite a bit 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 in regards to 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 automobiles really and we objected to that after which proposed different rules that might be extra equal. The vote within the Technical Advisory Committee is simply indicative and it was seven to 3 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 automobiles greater than the excessive rake automobiles. How are you aware that? You haven’t received a excessive rake automobile to check and the statistics by way of the best way the groups have progressed from one 12 months to the subsequent 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: Properly, we developed a excessive rake automobile for a lot of, a few years, for the reason that excessive rake idea began with the blown ground and we had been one of many solely ones, really the one one, to alter from a excessive rake philosophy to a low rake. So we’ve received the flexibility internally, via 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 1 philosophy than the opposite, which is strictly what we introduced up in August of final 12 months and we had been, I believe, confirmed appropriate. And as for statistically not exhibiting that, in the event you simply take a look at the final race, with out the pit stops for Mercedes, for instance, I believe Lewis was 34 seconds forward of Max ultimately 12 months’s Portimão and had they not had the pit stops on the finish to attempt to get the quickest lap I believe this 12 months it was 4 seconds in it. In order that they misplaced 30 seconds in a single race to a Purple Bull. And we too. When you take a look at our occasions, the place we completed, we too had been about 30 seconds behind from the place we had been final 12 months. Simply take a look at the primary three races. Have a look at each qualifying in addition to race outcomes.
Q: (Alan Baldwin – Newpaper24) Query for Guenther. With Mick clearly getting extra out of the automobile and Nikita struggling a bit, I simply questioned if Mick is taking over way more of a management function inside the group? He’s clearly forward. Is that placing extra emphasis on what he will get out of the automobile and his set-ups and every part so far as Nikita is anxious?
GS: Absolutely we take a look at Mick to see why he’s getting extra out and attempt to get Nikita as much as the identical pace. So the main target is definitely extra on Nikita, to get him up to the mark, than on Mick. We simply want to know why he will get extra out of the automobile, see how the automobile is ready up. It’s too early to place up a management as a result of the subsequent 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 automobile and that’s what we’ll maintain. We’re solely on race weekend 4, not even race 4 but, so I believe to leap to all these conclusions is just too early however for certain Mick is for the time being forward however I’m fairly certain we are able to get Nikita there as effectively.
Q: (Christian Nimmervoll – motorsport.com) Query to all, please. Formulation 1 is at the moment discussing a cap for driver salaries. What do you assume could be an affordable quantity for that?
FT: On the finish that’s as much as the groups. I believe 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 all the time how a lot monetary sources the completely different groups have and through which path we’ll go.
OS: Yeah, I believe the quantity that Franz talked about was talked about within the dialogue, so in that area.
GS: I believe we’re in early discussions so I believe there must be achieved 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 automobiles, so we advised to simply maintain it there. However there have been others strategies that had been proposed and never by us however early on and I’ll provide the instance of decreasing the rear wing dimension and that might have affected each physique equally, however that wasn’t chosen.
Q: (Dieter Rencken – Racing Traces) Guenther, I’d identical to to comply with up on one thing you stated, please, only for readability. The ex-Ferrari folks as you name them. They’re primarily based in Maranello, I imagine. Sure, I realise it’s a utterly sealed off space however are they concentrating solely on the 2022 automobile or are they doing a little work on the present automobile as effectively? And equally, is Dallara doing something on subsequent 12 months’s automobile.
GS: Sorry, I forgot to reply that earlier than, it was my fault Dieter. No, they’re concentrating on the ’22 automobile. As I stated loads of occasions earlier than, we deserted the ’21 automobile. We did slightly bit of labor on reliability points with the ’21 automobile 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 automobile 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 considerations extra, in hindsight, might you’ve gotten contested the purpose extra? Is there something you might have achieved on the time to problem this as a substitute of pursuing after the actual fact, now, once we are already into the season?
OS: I don’t assume so. I believe we pointed it out on the time and as soon as the rules had been written in and accepted we labored exhausting at making an attempt 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 automobile this morning for FP1. It didn’t finish effectively however it might be fascinating to listen to what he stated in regards to the automobile?
Frédéric VASSEUR: Yeah, effectively, for certain he was a bit too optimistic on the finish of the session, however however 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 job and it’s additionally 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 centered on the sprint than on Antonio however it’s what it’s.
Q: What occurs in that state of affairs 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 goal.
Q: Was Antonio’s automobile carrying any injury in any respect?
FV: No, we had been very scared in regards to the puncture. He had a small injury on the ground on the rear of the automobile nevertheless it was not an enormous one.
Q: Let’s discuss automobile efficiency now. After the race Giovinazzi stated 12th is about our degree for the time being. Do you agree with him or is the pecking order goes to fluctuate from one race to the subsequent?
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 may transfer from Q3 to the again of the grid. Even from quali to the race that you’ve got massive modifications and for certain in that state of affairs now we have to do the right weekend, with none errors, to attain factors. To have a DNF in entrance would assist for certain nevertheless it was not the case final week. However now we have to be centered 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 automobile, as a result of there was quite a lot of optimism after testing, and but it’s all the time 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 unique story. You must be on the proper place on the proper second, it’s important to keep away from any mistake and maybe we’re struggling at this time to place every part collectively, however I’m not fearful. So long as the tempo is there it is going to repay.
Q: Fred, Jan Monchaux stated final weekend that Antonio has stepped up this 12 months. Do you agree and simply inform us slightly bit about how Antonio has grown as a driver and his affect on the group now?
FV: It’s not simple to begin alongside Kimi, for certain. In all probability he struggled slightly bit at the start, to seek 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 believe it was 4 or 5 seconds behind Sainz and Pierre, for it’s end result on our aspect. For certain, we had been P12 and that’s not the objective in any respect but when we’re in a position to end all of the races simply behind Sainz, I believe that we are going to rating factors.
Q: Simon, can we begin by throwing it again to Portugal the place it was a tricky race for you guys? How a lot of a shock was that?
Simon ROBERTS: It wasn’t such a shock. We had been, I suppose, over-optimistic, having had such implausible qualifying however the true tempo of the automobile by no means actually modified. We had begin – George had begin. If it hadn’t had been for the crimson flag – who is aware of? That was type of the race tempo, these situations on that day… it was fairly distinctive situations in Portugal and also you noticed in Imola, two weeks earlier than, it was the identical automobile nevertheless it was way more aggressive. I believe we had been dissatisfied as a result of we had been so optimistic however the actuality is, once you take a look at the information, it was much less of a shock.
Q: Now each drivers have talked in regards to the delicate nature of the automobile; what are you guys doing to treatment it? What are you able to do?
SR: Properly, we’re doing every part we are able to. The problem with these automobiles, with the mixture of quite a lot of homologated elements after which some mandated modifications to the ground and rear brake ducts, the very first thing we did which the blokes on the manufacturing unit and the ladies on the manufacturing unit, was get better as a lot efficiency as we might to attempt to make our automobile aggressive. I believe – and the information reveals now we have achieved that. The automobile is a greater automobile than it was final 12 months. The down aspect is that it’s extra delicate so sometimes that will get uncovered, different occasions it doesn’t. It’s a mix of circumstances actually.
Q: Let’s take a look at some positives now as a result of we haven’t had you within the press convention because you guys had an awesome run – didn’t finish effectively actually in Imola however by way of tempo and qualifying, each automobiles via to Q2. That was an enormous step, particularly for Nicholas, so can we discuss 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 quite a bit of their first season however he’s come again into this 12 months actually super-positive, stuffed with willpower and super-fit and I believe we are able to see that. Nothing revolutionary, only a very nice construct on every part 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 just a few job advertisements going round for Williams, particularly within the aerodynamics division. Inform us slightly 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, a lot better situation and there’s no silver bullet, there’s no fast wins. As you realize, we function beneath the fee cap so fortunately, in contrast to 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 3 very completely different circuits to this point this 12 months. What have you ever discovered in regards to the new constructions and the way they’re performing?
Mario ISOLA: I imagine 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 automobiles which might be 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’d say that the end result and the suggestions is consistent with our expectations. Now that the group have had the chance to stability the automobile to spend time on the set-up, which was not potential final 12 months whereas testing, throughout free apply, 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 in a position to push tougher for longer. How a lot satisfaction does a remark like that offer you?
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 sort of distinctive, with a really low micro-roughness and really low grip, which signifies that the automobiles are sliding however because of the monitor evolution in the course of the weekend and doubtless the temperature that was a bit increased in comparison with the remainder of the weekend, the exhausting compound was the important thing or the shock of the race and Lewis was in a position to 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 count on to occur right here?
MI: It’s a totally completely different circuit. We have now additionally to bear in mind 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 imagine that the format goes within the path of serving to the rear tyre slightly bit, nevertheless it’s most likely a two cease race, because it was final 12 months, for almost all of the opponents. 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 probability of rain for Sunday. In all probability it’s not going to rain however cooler situations for Sunday and groups have to gather necessary components throughout apply 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 group and the drivers?
MI: We have now optimistic suggestions with the traits of the brand new tyres consistent with the drivers’ expectations and with earlier checks. It was essential to substantiate, on completely different circuits and completely different automobiles 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 one of the best compromise throughout all of the groups and the affirmation from Mercedes on the most suitable choice that was additionally the most suitable choice for Ferrari, for Alpine, is an efficient place to begin as a result of now now we have the likelihood in Barcelona, after the race, to begin specializing in compounds after which we need to develop a brand new household of compounds with utterly completely different traits so as to scale back overheating… not having overheating is nearly not possible however the goal is scale back overheating and degradation and design a tyre that’s consistent 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 appropriately, they stated that you simply’ve chased peak downforce this 12 months with much less concern for consistency and predictability. Initially, is that appropriate? Secondly, it’s fairly an unconventional method – groups usually choose to go for consistency and predictability, as a result of clearly situations at tracks aren’t steady 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 group labored as exhausting as they may to get better that downforce. And I believe we’re not the one group. Lookup and down the pit lane below sure situations and all of the automobiles are extra delicate than they was final 12 months. Our automobile might or will not be worse than others nevertheless it’s a consequence of the rules and what we might inside the homologated elements and the time accessible. It wasn’t a plan, it wouldn’t have been an awesome factor to do.
Q: (Julien Billiotte – AutoHebdo) Simon, it’s truthful to imagine that Williams will lose George Russell on the finish of this season. What sort of profile are you concentrating on to verify there isn’t any 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 realize, it’s a brand new period for the group and we’re going to be in search of efficiency and efficiency is available in drivers in addition to what we are able to with the automobile so yeah, that’s all I can say actually.
Q: (Dieter Rencken – Racing Traces) To the 2 group principals: Zak Brown final week revealed a letter through which he implied that sure groups had been voting consistent with their main engine suppliers or technical companions or no matter. The 2 group 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 on 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 selections concerning the chassis or the sporting rules all of us have our personal method and fairly often we aren’t aligned with the engine provider.
SR: Yeah, related. On the engine, we clearly assist Mercedes however we glance after our personal pursuits, before everything on every part 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’ll determine for the drivers however as we did up to now, we’re used to taking the selections by the final quarter of the season and we received’t do it earlier than.
Q: (Sandor Meszaros – Autosport Es Formulation) Simon, that is Roy Nissany’s second 12 months with the group and he was within the automobile 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 all the time nice once we’ve received Roy with us within the storage. He’s a bundle of power and all the time very optimistic. He did an awesome job once more in FP1. I believe the situations 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 approach via our programme and did completely every part we might have requested for. The consistency was there, his understanding of the automobile is rising as you say, however now we have given him time on the simulator so yeah, he does an awesome job, we’re very, more than happy.
Q: (Dieter Rencken – Racing Traces) Fred, after I had a take a look at the automobile gross sales for Alfa, which is one thing like 50,000 items for the 12 months. Can they actually afford to be in Formulation 1, significantly given the brand new construction with Stellantis and the brand new CEO and many others? Are you anticipating to maintain them for subsequent 12 months or might we see a change again to Sauber from 2022 onwards?
FV: You must ask the query to Alfa Romeo first however we’re in discussions for the long run and I believe that the model and the title Alfa Romeo is an iconic one, it’s an necessary 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.