Azerbaijan GP: Friday Press Conference – Part 2

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In the present day’s press convention with Frederic Vasseur, Simon Roberts and Mario Isola.

Fred, can we begin with you. Nice race for you in Monaco final trip with Antonio getting some extent. Are you assured that tempo can translate to right here in Baku?
Frederic Vasseur: I’m not so assured. I believe the structure of the monitor is just not the very best one for us. We’re doing a step ahead during the last couple of weekends and we’re at all times there. However everyone knows that Baku is among the most chaotic races of the season and it means we’ve got to do a very good job, a powerful job, from the start to the tip, and to be there on the finish, and doubtless we may have the chance to attain factors on the finish of the weekend.

So that you see the jeopardy as a chance for Alfa Romeo?
FV: Certain. It is at all times a chance. If it is not a chance we’ve got to remain at residence!

Can we discuss concerning the strengths of the automotive? It’s a nice step ahead from final yr. Now you are 5 races in and you have realized so much about it, inform us extra about it?
FV: It is fairly clear that we made a very good step ahead on the PU aspect and it is the identical for Ferrari, and for certain it is serving to so much. On the worldwide aero bundle we’re nonetheless there. Final yr we additionally had an honest stage. We improved so much through the season final yr to complete at all times within the mid-group of Q2 on the final 4 or 5 occasions and we began from there. However with the assist of the engine now we’re virtually at all times in Q2 and it is a good step ahead.

Antonio has taken a very good step ahead too. If I had advised you pre-season that he would outqualify Kimi 4 to at least one within the opening 5 races, what would have been your response?
FV: I am not Madame Irma so I do not know however actually I believe it was already the case just a little bit on the finish of final yr. However for me he improved in all probability extra within the race administration than within the quali tempo. That quali tempo was already there within the second a part of final season and now he is additionally capable of do an excellent administration through the race and to have sturdy race tempo.

Mario, you’ve got gone softer on the compounds in Baku in comparison with 2019. Are you able to inform us just a little about what you realized in FP1 and the way it will impression the race?
Mario Isola: Yeah, we determined to go softer as a result of analysing the race in 2019, the exhausting was not used. It was used solely in P1, primarily firstly of the session after which groups centered on the medium and the tender. That’s the reason we determined to provide an additional likelihood by way of totally different methods by choosing the C3, C4 and C5, that’s one step softer. I can think about {that a} one-stop race remains to be attainable utilizing exhausting and medium or exhausting and tender. It’s in all probability marginal in the event that they take into account a method of medium and tender by way of put on. This morning, as predicted, we had an enormous, massive, monitor evolution. If I look again at different races right here in Baku we at all times have a number of monitor evolution and subsequently it’s troublesome to evaluate the delta lap time from first observe. I hope we’ve got higher information within the afternoon. The wind is one other necessary aspect to think about as a result of we all know how these vehicles are delicate to the wind and the wind might be making their life a bit harder find dependable information from P2.

It has been a busy time for Pirelli since Monaco, since you’ve been testing your 2022 moist climate tyres at Paul Ricard with Ferrari. How did it go?
MI: It was an excellent take a look at on a distinct circuit. Clearly in Jerez it was troublesome to have the best stage of water on monitor, so it was a very good take a look at for intermediate tyres however we did not attain the best stage for the moist tyres. In Paul Ricard it was attainable to have two days testing with all of the situations and likewise to raised perceive the crossover. I consider that we’ve got a very good tyre, speaking concerning the intermediate. It is nonetheless a piece in progress for the moist as a result of, as I mentioned, the primary session was not likely consultant for the moist tyre. I am assured that within the subsequent session that’s deliberate in September at Magny Cours we are able to finalise the product for the slick tyre we spoke of final time we noticed (one another) and it’s nonetheless good and the planning has gone as predicted. We have now three classes scheduled in Spielberg, Silverstone and Budapest, so we are going to finalise the brand new compounds in these three classes.

Simon coming to you now, Mario touched on the windy situations there. On condition that each drivers have advised us this yr the automotive could be very delicate to wind, how nervous do these situations make you?
Simon Roberts: Fascinating, as a result of right now neither driver actually commented on the wind affecting the automotive, so I am questioning if we’re simply getting used to it and for everyone else starting to get into that area. Yeah, it wasn’t actually a function for us. The wind yesterday was wonderful and fortunately we’re not in that however yeah, right now was not any points up to now.

Effectively, what about progress with the automotive? Do you suppose you are going to be just a little bit extra aggressive right here than you have been in Monaco final trip?
SR: I would hope so. We’re working to our programme and it’s about getting the tyres to work and as Mario mentioned, we have got totally different selections right here than final yr in order that’s all new for us after which we simply tune within the aero bundle on the automotive and ensuring we give the drivers one thing they are often aggressive with.

And we have already heard from Fred about Antonio Giovinazzi’s progress since final yr; I needed to ask you about Nicholas Latifi. He appears to have made nice strides as properly. In what areas do you are feeling he is made probably the most progress since final season?
SR: We predict he is matured so much over the winter. Clearly it is his second yr within the automotive and I believe that is the principle distinction, so he now joins us at a race weekend completely figuring out what is going on to occur, how we’re working with him and vice versa: we all know how he’ll work with us and I believe that offers him confidence early on within the day, by way of FP1 and FP2 and it permits us to construct to a greater place. However yeah, we’re actually happy with the progress he is made and simply wanting ahead to persevering with that by way of this season.

Questions From The Flooring

(Sandor Meszaros – Autosport es Formulation) Mario, a couple of days in the past in an interview, David Coulthard criticised Pirelli. He mentioned that this period is fairly boring for him as a result of the drivers complain an excessive amount of as a result of they should keep away from pushing exhausting sufficient on these tyres. Have you ever obtained any touch upon this assertion?
MI: Yeah. I spoke to David and I’ve to say that he was not criticising Pirelli however he is clearly… he likes the tyre struggle period, he likes to have a contest in Formulation 1 that isn’t just for engines, vehicles however in his opinion can also be about tyres. He would not like the present system, the place we’ve got tyres with some degradation that, as , they’re designed to have this stage of degradation. It’s and it is going to be a distinct story subsequent yr after we’ve been requested to design the brand new 18-inch tyres with totally different traits: much less overheating, much less degradation. He was simply expressing his opinion concerning the present laws and the present system and I totally perceive as a result of he’s a driver that used to drive greater than 10 years in the past when it was a totally totally different scenario. We all know that with the present vehicles that are very quick, even when a lot heavier in comparison with the previous, you place a number of stress on the tyres, this generates degradation and likewise if you observe one other automotive you lose downforce and it’s a further aspect so we’re working along with the FIA and F1 as a way to have a distinct scenario for subsequent yr. I am certain that when you do not lose downforce, if you observe one other automotive, and with tyres which might be designed with totally different traits we are able to obtain the goal.

(Dieter Rencken – Racing Traces) To the 2 group principals: on this interval of monetary laws, can we really need very stringent technical laws of the sort that bans flexi-wings? How do you are feeling about that?
FV: To this point for us it’s not a difficulty as a result of we’re under the fee cap. It means it is extra a difficulty on the funds aspect but it surely’s not a difficulty on the fee cap. However for certain, for the long run, we want to have the ability to predict what could possibly be price and bills through the season and it signifies that we have to have one thing constant, even when we’ve got to maintain some margin for emergencies however for certain it is going to be a key level into the efficiency, the funds administration sooner or later.

SR: Yeah, like Fred, presently we’re working underneath the fee cap. We’re specializing in ensuring we’re totally compliant with that going ahead, as a result of it is not simply concerning the stage, it is about the way you doc every part and the way you go racing. By way of the principles, we’re simply on the lookout for equity and consistency so nothing greater than that.

(Scott Mitchell – The Race) Mario, you talked about the impression on the load of F1 vehicles briefly. I used to be simply questioning when you might clarify just a little bit how a lot the load of the vehicles has pushed Pirelli to the restrict, by way of tyre expertise and what the tyres can truly stand up to, as a result of I believe subsequent yr, the 2022 vehicles are going to be virtually 100 kilos heavier than the primary hybrids. The vehicles are additionally going to be fairly significantly heavier than the primary set of vehicles that Pirelli would have been designing tyres for again when it first obtained this contract.
MI: That is true, it’s not solely the load of the automotive that’s stressing the tyre, it is the extent of downforce, the velocity. There are various parameters that we’ve got to think about and clearly we’re designing tyres for subsequent yr, conserving in thoughts all these numbers and likewise asking the groups which might be offering mule vehicles, to provide us vehicles which might be consultant of subsequent yr’s vehicles, even when they’re mule vehicles however the weight is identical that’s within the laws for 2022, weight distribution, stage of downforce additionally. We’re designing tyres with these traits in thoughts. Clearly they’re totally different in comparison with the previous however that is our job.

(Luke Smith – Autosport) Simon, George Russell’s performances have gained him big quantities of reward all through his time at Williams, each on and off monitor. Do you are feeling he is grown right into a management function at Williams and the way a lot has helped convey the group forwards?
SR: Yeah, it has been nice having George within the group and he has grown and continues to develop. He is nonetheless comparatively younger in his profession and we simply need to ensure that we give him the very best expertise and assist together with his ongoing efficiency going ahead.

As regards to his off-track management function, does he become involved in among the greater selections again at Grove or is he very a lot a racing driver?
SR: So, we’re at all times speaking to the drivers concerning the path of the automotive. They spend a number of time within the simulator. George could be very energetic in that programme and it is a part of that complete decision-making course of so together with his group of engineers particularly, they are going to set path by way of making the automotive higher and we attempt to weave that into the programme we have got operating ahead however this yr is totally different, the automotive could be very carry-over, we’re pretty restricted on what we are able to accomplish that I believe going ahead into 2022 and past it is all going to open up once more and driver suggestions and driver involvement will come into play way more.

Try our Friday gallery from Baku, right here.



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