AlphaTauri have ‘seventh or eighth-fastest car’ so far

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AlphaTauri have ‘seventh or eighth-fastest car’

Pierre Gasly says AlphaTauri currently have the “seventh, eighth-fastest car” heading into the fifth round of 2022.

The team currently sit seventh in the constructors’ championship, with Yuki Tsunoda 12th in the drivers’ championship, one place and four points ahead of team mate Gasly.

Gasly says AlphaTauri are currently towards the back end of the midfield in terms of performance.

“We’re not where we’d like to be, that’s what we know,” he said. “But it’s also the challenge with these new regulations that it’s tough.

“There’s still a lot of things to discover about the cars. We’re still learning every single weekend. I’m confident we’re not where we are, but we have processes to improve the car and try to get back to where we should be.

“I think at the moment we’re on the seventh or eighth fastest car. Hopefully depending on tracks this can vary and hopefully we can make it back to fourth or fifth fastest car pretty soon.”

Stefan Wilson becomes 33rd Indy 500 entrant

DragonSpeed and Cusick Motorsports will combine forces to enter a 33rd car in this month’s Indy 500, driven by Stefan Wilson.

It is the second year in a row that Cusick will run Wilson – younger brother of the late Justin Wilson – in the marquee IndyCar event. Wilson has raced in the Indy 500 on three previous occasions, with a single finish in 2018, where he placed 15th.

“The journey to the 2022 Indianapolis 500 has been a rollercoaster ride for Cusick Motorsports, our partners and myself,” said Wilson. “A few short weeks ago it didn’t look like this was going to happen for us, but I’m so relieved all of the pieces came together to get another shot at this race.”

New footage marks 40th anniversary of Villenuve’s death

Gilles and Jacques Villeneuve
Gilles, Joann, Melanie and Jacques Villeneuve
The 40th anniversary of the death of Gilles Villeneuve this weekend has been marked with the release of footage of an interview with widow Joann.

The interview forms part of an upcoming documentary ‘Villeneuve Pironi’, exploring the breakdown in the relationship between Ferrari drivers Villeneueve and Didier Pironi in 1982. Former F1 driver Mark Webber is a producer on the film.

“He was just this really down to Earth guy coming from this little town in Canada,” says Joann Villeneuve.

“His way of driving, his personality, the way he had learned to speak Italian – all that made him likeable. He was just a true racer at heart.”

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Following Aston Martin driver ambassador and W Series racer Jessica Hawkins talking RaceFans through her role within the Silverstone-based team, @g-funk would like to see her step out of the simulator and into a real F1 car…

It’d be great to see her have an outing in a real F1 car once she is comfortable in the sim. Even though it would be great and I would love to see it, I don’t suspect she’ll have a chance to drive the latest car due to testing restrictions and the budget.

But if Red Bull could put Tom Cruise in an F1 car I see no reason at all why Jessica couldn’t have a go in one of Aston’s older cars.

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15 comments on “AlphaTauri have ‘seventh or eighth-fastest car’ so far”

  1. someone or something
    6th May 2022, 0:48

    One of Aston’s older cars? That can only mean the DBR4, I wonder if there are even any left in racing condition …

    1. it WOULD be amazing to see though

  2. AT was slow from the get go. Car has no front end. Some of my predictions were off, Ferrari and Alpine, merc is coming I still believe in that. AT has a big PU though, it can make the difference.

    1. Vettel’s shirt is alright, it is green so that should be okay. I guess Miami beats zandvoort as that race is by the beach at an impressive 3m above sea level.

      1. As far as I am aware, Zandvoort is not actually sinking, unlike Miami, though @peartree.

        1. correct sandbodies (dunes) stays at the same height. But the track isn’t so close like Zandvoort is.

        2. @bascb indeed, I’ve watched some docs on the subject.

      2. @peartree @bascb @macleod
        Not only Miami & Zandvoort, but other present circuit locations also vulnerable to sea-level rise are Monaco, Melbourne, Singapore, Shanghai, Suzuka, Middle East tracks, possibly also Montreal, & Baku.
        Water from seas & oceans can reach close-to-shore locations more easily than ones further or far inland.

  3. Vettel’s shirt is excellent. Maybe that’s why they built the fake marina! They are planning for the sea level rise and providing the boats to get the big wigs out of the track when it floods!

  4. Pretty smart idea really, the problem is that you’ll need to already be on the boat when the water comes and in the meantime you’re sat on a boat on dry land, looking a bit daft.

    How are the boats upright anyway? I know nothing about boats, but I think they wobble over on dry land, is there a groove in the ‘water’ they slot into? I’d have just left them on their sides, then painted a stormy marina and make it look more dramatic.

    1. From what I have seen from the pictures from the construction, they are using boat stands under the boats and then building an elevated platform around the boats and above the stands to support the fake lake effect.

  5. Pretty much, yes, & improving from being 7th or 8th-fastest is challenging in that tight midfield.

    Miami might help the growth, although Vegas might have an even bigger impact in this regard.

    Using last season-spec car would very much be possible for her.

  6. I am really looking forward to the ‘Villeneuve Pironi’ documentary.

  7. Important to review what’s actually happening with sea level, rather than relying on those whose careers depend upon alarming the public. Or indeed the opinion of racing drivers. Here’s the data close to the Miami circuit, but crucially in an area not burdened with high rise development, or indeed much development at all.

    A steady sea level rise of 3mm per year, the result of our planet gradually warming after the Little Ice Age.

    Miami is built on reclaimed swamp and is sinking at rates that must be linked in some fashion to the weight of development. Buildings have over the years collapsed because of subsidence. Land is sinking at the rate of 1-3mm per year, see

    So, are Seb and Mick advocating demolition of high rise buildings, or perhaps adding a couple of courses to the sea wall and some valves/pumps to cope with back fill from drains?

    1. Miami sinking is indeed most likely due to a combination of the weight of the buildings, compression/settling of the dehydrated swamp lands, well and that rise of the sea levels is making the sinking worse @frasier.

      But the sea level rising is not due to that little ice age ending but because of human activity churning out boatloads of CO2 into the atmosphere incredibly quickly to levels that were there last time millions of years ago when the temperatures (and sea levels) were far higher.

      That first part might be good to look at how they built – other places do a better job of preventing the land from sinking in as much – but that second part can only be addressed by brining our Netto CO2 output to 0 more or less immediately.

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