In the round-up: Valtteri Bottas gave a mixed verdict on the first Alfa Romeo Formula 1 car he will race ahead of this week’s second test.
In briefCircuit de Catalunya two weeks ago.
“The nice feeling is that I definitely feel that there is potential, there is some strong areas in the car in certain type of corners,” he said.
“But also, of course, I immediately noticed points to work on with the balance, with some of the behaviour. But nothing that we shouldn’t be able to fix. It feels like we are still in very early stages of actually discovering the car.
“For me it was quite limited running that we had with two different tyre compounds, only with quite a very few set-up changes. So there’s still so much more to discover.”
He hopes to gain a “better understanding in Bahrain” when testing resumes on Thursday. “There’s work to do, I’m not saying anything against that. But also I feel like there is potential in this package and I’m looking forward to discover more about it with the team.”
Williams sign British F4 driver Gray to academy
Williams have signed British Formula 4 racer Oliver Gray to the team’s driver academy ahead of the start of the new season.
Gray, who stepped up to single seaters in the British F4 championship last season, will contest a second year in the series in 2022 with Carlin. His first season saw him finish seventh in the standings, with two wins and one pole position.
“As I begin working with the team, my immediate goals are to develop as a driver both on and off the track, as well as focus on my 2022 season,” said Gray. “I can’t wait to get started.”
Mercedes pressure over Masi akin to “bullying”, says Horner
Christian Horner says that he believes Mercedes pressured the FIA to drop former race director Michael Masi from his position during their investigation into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Speaking to the BBC, Horner said he disagreed with the decision for Masi to be replaced in his role ahead of the new season.
“Was it right to fire him based on pressure that was placed on him from a rival team? That for me was wrong,” Horner said. “That’s tantamount to bullying. It’s passively aggressive.
“Yes, Michael did make mistakes and it was frustrating, but you have to look at the role that he was in and the tools that he had at his disposal. You can’t just place the blame on Michael. It’s unfair to do that.”
Haas hit with freight delays ahead of second test
Haas have been forced to seek alternative transport for their cars and equipment to Bahrain after their freight plane from Doncaster Airport was delayed.
The team’s cars and equipment were supposed to leave the UK for Bahrain ahead of the second pre-season test beginning this week, but their original flight was delayed due to technical problems, as reported by Auto Motor und Sport.
The delay could hinder the team from running their cars on the opening day of the second test if they are unable to rearrange alternative transport in time.
It is the latest complication in a tumultuous pre-season for the team, who have dropped their title sponsor and driver Nikita Mazepin as a result of sanctions placed on Russian businesses following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Pietro Fittipaldi is scheduled to run in the three day test for the team alongside race driver Mick Schumacher.
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