In the round-up: Alfa Romeo team principal Xevi Pujolar says rookie Zhou Guanyu exceeded the team’s expectations in his first race following his debut points score.
Zhou “better than guys with a lot of experience” in debut F1 race
But the team was eager to see whether he could replicate that pace in a race. “We had the question mark: will he be able to replicate that when he’s in a fighting scenario? One thing is to do it when you are on your own, but then when you are in a crisis scenario, when you’re fighting with other people, it’s not the same.”
Despite losing ground at the start in Sunday’s race, Guanyu recovered to pick up a point on his debut. “He did exactly the same job, I will say even better than last week because last week, the first time we tried probably we were a bit on the conservative side,” said Pujolar.
“His pace was there was good. It was very strong. And he was consistent with the tyres, better than guys with a lot of experience.
“He was not fighting with other rookies, he was fighting with people with a lot of experience in F1. So I think he did a very solid first race for him in F1.”
Ocon will run current-spec sidepods for Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Esteban Ocon will have a replacement for the upgraded sidepod his Alpine shed early in first practice, in time for this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
“Esteban will return to the latest spec sidepod after the issue from last week.” Alpine’s chief technical officer Pat Fry confirmed. he added the team “don’t have any distinct upgrades for Saudi Arabia but we will run some interesting test items in practice, which will give us some ideas for future concepts.”
“As it’s a low downforce circuit, we will have a different rear wing for this weekend,” he added. “We have a development plan in place and we are pushing ahead as hard as we can for the Melbourne race and beyond.”
Gasly’s fire left mechanics “more work to do than expected”
Pierre Gasly has said that AlphaTauri had to complete a full rebuild on his car, following the fire that ended his Bahrain Grand Prix.
“The team has identified the problem and the fire meant the mechanics have had a lot more work to do than expected to rebuild the car for this weekend,” Gasly said, ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
However, he said that there were positives to take from Bahrain. “We learned a lot about the car over the three days and it’s clear that the midfield is maybe even tighter than last year, so we must continue to work hard on understanding and developing the AT03, starting this weekend in Saudi Arabia.”
F1 and Foxtel strike new Australia deal
Formula 1 has renewed its contract with Australian broadcaster Foxtel, whose subscribers will be able to access both full coverage of F1’s practice, qualifying and race sessions and the F1TV app via its set-top boxes. The multi-year deal will see F1TV available as an app to Foxtel subscribers, free of charge within their Foxtel subscription.
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