In the round-up: Alpine executive director Marcin Budkowski explains how the closing of the border between the United Kingdom and France during the winter break affected the team’s work on its new car for the 2021 F1 season.
Alpine, previously known as Renault, builds its cars in the UK but its engine facility is in France. Work on its car was disrupted when France closed its border with the UK in December after a new strain of Covid-19 was discovered in Kent.
Budkowski was asked whether that created problems building their new car:
They have, a little bit. The usual logistics issue that everybody’s been experiencing at the border, if you want, that delays the various parts, whether the engines or parts going between Viry and Enstone.
The biggest challenge has been really preparing for the fire-up and for the shake-down [last Wednesday], because our engineers from various engineers and technicians had to quarantine to be able to do the shake down. But as usual, we are getting around these restrictions.
Beckmann leads first day of Formula 2 testing
Formula 2 newcomer David Beckmann headed the first day of pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit. The Charouz driver’s best time of 1’42.844 was almost seven-tenths of a second quicker than anyone else managed.
Beckmann, who is stepping up to the category from F3, led ART duo Christian Lundgaard and Theo Pourchaire as the first of three days of running concluded.
Felipe Drugovich, who has switched from MP to Virtuosi for the new season, took fourth ahead of Juri Vips for Hitech.
Mick Schumacher: "As a child, I’ve been dreaming about this for 15 years – and now it’s actually happened. It’s emotional and just something very nice. My father actually had his first race in Formula 1 30 years ago this year – that makes it even more emotional and even nicer."
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"Growing up watching sports, it was Lewis that gave me that extra push of seeing someone like me on the TV. I knew that it was possible for me to get into the sport if I really put my mind to it and worked hard - and that's what I did."
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