Emilia Romagna GP: Preview – Haas


Uralkali Haas F1 Crew is heading to Italy, and to the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, for spherical two of the 2021 FIA Method 1 World Championship, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The circuit, extra generally known as Imola in deference to the adjoining city, reappeared on the pandemic-hit schedule in 2020 following a 14-year hiatus. Its comeback was well-received by Method 1’s stakeholders, groups and drivers alike, and whereas its retention initially appeared a longshot, organizers in the end secured a spot on the 2021 calendar.

Following final yr’s presence on a fall date Imola this season returns to its extra conventional spring berth, having featured in that slot from 1981 by way of 2006, when it was referred to as the San Marino Grand Prix. Now named after the Emilia Romagna area through which Imola is positioned, it will likely be the fourth spherical held in Italy throughout simply an eight-month span, following final yr’s occasions at Monza, Mugello and Imola.

The 4.9km circuit supplies quite a few challenges for groups and drivers. The presence of a number of low and medium-speed complexes, with excessive kerbs, locations an emphasis on stability and traction whereas the prolonged full-throttle run from Rivazza to Tamburello means reaching a excessive top-end pace can be of significance. The slender nature of the old-school circuit, and rare heavy braking zones, additionally places the highlight on qualifying and race technique, with monitor place favored owing to the problem of drivers having the ability to move.

For rookies Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, it will likely be their first expertise of Imola behind the wheel of a Method 1 automotive – although they’ve each beforehand raced on the venue. Mazepin competed within the European Method 3 Championship in 2016 whereas Schumacher was victorious at Imola within the Italian Method 4 class, additionally in 2016.

Mazepin and Schumacher are searching for to construct on the expertise gathered by way of the course of their debut Method 1 race weekends in Bahrain and put a number of the early classes into observe on the historic circuit.

One race down – 22 to go. What was your tackle the staff’s efficiency on the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix and particularly how Nikita and Mick labored by way of their race weekend debut?
Guenther Steiner: “Properly, the efficiency of the staff and the automotive – we all know what that will probably be. So, the expectations weren’t excessive, a minimum of results-wise. I feel the 2 drivers did a very good job over the course of the weekend. Clearly, within the race Nikita spun out and broken the automotive, and Mick spun as soon as too – however the entire weekend for them was a studying part. We have to do extra of it, and as many laps as doable, with all that we’ll be fantastic. It was one weekend from 23. We have to get higher and higher, work on getting extra laps in, and continue to learn – that is the mission.”

Do you assume folks underestimate how massive a problem it’s for a staff to begin afresh with a brand-new driver line-up? What are the specifics of your position in making certain the drivers really feel comfy inside the staff? How palms on are you in that administration course of?
GS: “It’s fairly a giant problem. Method 1 is a really tough sport, however we knew the problem, subsequently there isn’t any massive shock. We determined to do that, and we have to get by way of it. I simply attempt to see it that the drivers really feel comfy – I do not attempt to micromanage them. They’ve their engineers and they should work with them on a day-to-day foundation, or extra precisely on an hour-to-hour foundation, not with me. For positive although, at first, I will probably be well-informed what is going on and attempt to see the place I could must intervene. I am not doing the job myself; I’ve acquired good folks working for the staff which know tips on how to do the job higher than me. I simply observe what is going on. If there’s an issue I am there to ask what it’s after which I see if I must do one thing.”

Reflecting on what you witnessed on-track in Bahrain by way of testing and subsequently into the race weekend – is there something that stands out for you when it comes to the competitors or has the grid taken form as you anticipated it to?
GS: “A really brief reply. The grid regarded precisely as I anticipated it to after testing. I feel we’ll see a combat between Crimson Bull and Mercedes for wins this season.”

Waiting for Imola – on the final go to the staff had no historic level of reference on the circuit given Method 1 hadn’t raced there beforehand within the temporary historical past of Uralkali Haas F1 Crew. Just a little over 5 months later and we’re returning to the circuit. Is having that current monitor data extra helpful as a benchmark to judge the drivers on their studying curve or from an engineering perspective when it comes to automotive set-up – or is it each?
GS: “It is primarily helpful within the automotive set-up. Even when the vehicles have not modified loads, they’ve nonetheless modified with the aero laws, so there’s a distinction. It is at all times good to have been at a race monitor. Every thing you realize, and what you’ve got realized, it is all helpful. The extra you’ve got been the higher it’s. For positive it should assist the staff and our rookie drivers.”

Having had time to digest and replicate in your debut Method 1 weekend in Bahrain – what particularly stands out as a key studying you possibly can take from that occasion and apply transferring ahead?
Nikita Mazepin: “I really feel like the most important factor to get used to is studying the schedule, and the weekend is far more intense with all that is happening and the classes on-track. It is about retaining focus and studying the schedule – that is the most important factor.”

With the depth of pre-season testing adopted virtually instantly by the Bahrain Grand Prix, there’s now been an extended than standard two-week break between races. How have you ever used this time each professionally and personally to recharge forward of Imola?
NM: “For me personally it was essential to make use of these two weeks to go away and replicate again on the weekend to see the issues I want to enhance – and clearly there’s plenty of issues being a rookie. Additionally, it was very good to return dwelling and see my household. Understanding there is a very busy schedule forward in the course of the yr, these two weeks have been essential.”

What are your reminiscences of racing at Imola in your junior profession?
NM: “I raced at Imola again in Method 3 in 2016. It is a very old-fashioned circuit and it was very particular to race there with the reminiscences of Ayrton Senna. Going into Method 1 there’s clearly going to be plenty of modifications however I am trying ahead to being on the market once more.”

What preparations have your undertaken earlier than racing at Imola for the primary time in a Method 1 automotive?
NM: “Some simulator driving has been essential as I have never raced on the circuit in 5 years. It is a circuit the place the qualifying lap is essential as a result of there are little or no overtaking alternatives. So, getting that one push – that good qualifying lap, it is key. Being on it from the primary minute, that is the important thing issue for the race weekend.”

Having had time to digest and replicate in your debut Method 1 weekend in Bahrain – what particularly stands out as a key studying you possibly can take from that occasion and apply transferring ahead?
Mick Schumacher: “I feel typically I’ve realized a ton of latest issues, and we have seen that come by way of in all of the conferences we have had. It is at all times completely different speaking about it and feeling it. There are plenty of issues I realized concerning the tires, that is in all probability the most important new factor to me. Additionally, on issues like how a lot downforce we lose in the beginning of the race. It is like going from 100% downforce to twenty p.c downforce the second you are turning right into a nook. There was positively heaps realized and much to take a look at earlier than heading to Imola. I really feel I’ve much more data, much more consolation, however I used to be additionally actually stunned at how rapidly the weekend was over. All of it occurred within the blink of a watch – it was a case of little time and much to study, let’s put it like that.”

With the depth of pre-season testing adopted virtually instantly by the Bahrain Grand Prix, there’s now been an extended than standard two-week break between races. How have you ever used this time each professionally and personally to recharge forward of Imola?
MS: “We had a couple of staff conferences after the weekend as standard, clearly to place some extent on what we realized, attempting to place all of it collectively forward of Imola. I have been getting ready myself bodily, whereas doing a little bit of restoration too. I’ve actually simply been centered 100% on going to Imola.”

What are your reminiscences of racing at Imola in your junior profession?
MS: “I solely have good reminiscences there to be sincere. I’ve raced at Imola in F4 and performed a couple of assessments in F3. Truthfully, the entire experiences I’ve had there are nice. We had a monitor stroll there as soon as and noticed 5 peacocks, which was a brand new one for me. The monitor is wonderful to drive. Racing-wise it may be fairly tough, with only a few locations to overhaul. When you’re in a stream and set a pleasant lap it is wonderful, particularly how one nook follows after one other. There are fast corners, technical corners, the kerbs that it’s a must to experience. There’s positively heaps to sit up for in a Method 1 automotive.”

Describe the particular traits of the Imola circuit and what you want from a automotive to push there. What preparations have your undertaken earlier than racing there for the primary time in a Method 1 automotive?
MS: “Clearly, Imola is understood for lots of kerb using. You might have the 2 corners up within the chicane the place it’s a must to take plenty of kerb. We’ve some lengthy corners which observe into lengthy straights. Every thing’s principally very twisted. In all of the junior classes that I’ve raced there, it was at all times very enjoyable, and a monitor I loved driving. I am fairly positive it should be loads higher in a Method 1 automotive. It is wonderful to drive a Method 1 automotive, so to try this on a brilliant cool monitor will probably be much more particular. I am positively trying ahead to it. Relating to preparation, I have been talking by way of all of it with the staff and going by way of the notes I made there once I was younger.”



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