In the round-up: Alfa Romeo are unclear on the reasons for their disappointing performance in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Alfa Romeo unclear on Jeddah struggles
Alfa Romeo’s head of trackside engineering Xevi Pujolar says the team do not why they lacked pace in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas finished eighth in the Bahrain Grand Prix but came in ten places lower at the next round. His team mate Zhou Guanyu also failed to score.
“In terms of performance in qualifying, we were same or even a step better than Bahrain,” said Pujolar. “On Friday we were struggling a bit, we were doing some tests, just trying to explore different areas on the car configuration to see if we could extract a bit more.
“We saw some improvements in some areas, but we lost too much in some others, and then we revert back on Saturday. We were close to Q3, and everyone was very, very tight.”
“In the race, I think we struggled a bit more with the grip more than what we expected,” Pujolar said. “Everyone is so close that as soon as you lose a bit of pace, you struggle to get back there fighting for the points.
“With Valtteri, at the moment we’re still investigating. Now that we have the car, we will check what happened for him. For sure something wasn’t working as expected. We could see with the level of sliding and how everything was going on with all the tyres, that’s why we said ‘okay, initially, maybe something with a specific compound’, but we tried different compounds and do the same with all of them. So in that car we need to find the problem.
“With Zhou, he was better, running close to what we would expect, but still not enough. And on that one, we just need to now analyse everything and see what we could do.The pace that we had was not as good as we had in qualifying. So we need to understand if it’s grip-limited, if it’s power-limited. We need to analyse, compare to the competitors and see what we can do. But at the moment I don’t think we need to be too worried.”
Ex-Schumacher 2000 Ferrari goes on sale
The Ferrari F2000 that Michael Schumacher raced at the Brazilian, Spanish, Monaco and Austrian grands prix in the 2000 Formula 1 season is being auctioned by Sotheby’s next month.
Schumached claimed a race win and two poles in chassis 198, which was later sold by Ferrari to a collector in the United States. It was sold on again after that and was driven in Ferrari F1 Clienti events at Monza and Circuit of the Americas.
No price has been publicly listed for the car, although an estimate is available upon request from Sotheby’s.
F2 star Doohan to drive an Australian Supercar
Formula 2 racer Jack Doohan, son of Moto GP champion Mick, has revealed he has an exciting driving opportunity ahead of his home race in Australia next month. “I’m driving a V8 supercar around Calder Park or something as a Castrol event, which will be very cool,” he said.
The Alpine reserve driver flew from Saudi Arabia to Paris this week to conduct marketing duties for the team, then this Saturday he will head down under on Saturday morning to acclimatise with the time zone difference before more promotional duties next week.
F1 Exhibition reveals global first
An F1-spec Ferrari hybrid power unit will be displayed publicly for the first time in the upcoming official F1 Exhibition in Madrid.
The last time a Ferrari F1 engine was displayed was in 2013, and F1 switched to hybrid powertrains a year later. The example that will feature at the exhibition comes from Ferrari’s 2021 car.
The 065/6 power unit, which features a turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 engine, two electrical motorsport and an energy store pack, can be found in the exhibition’s ‘Revolution by Design’ room.
Ferrari’s road car division suffer cyber attack
Ferrari have revealed a cyber incident has occurred on the automotive side of their business in which an attacker accessed their clients’ data. The attacker had “a ransom demand related to certain client contact details,” said the company in a statement.
The brand’s CEO Benedetto Vigna said “based on our investigation, no payment details and/or bank account numbers and/or other sensitive payment information, nor details of Ferrari cars owned or ordered have been stolen.”
There has been no indication the brand’s racing teams were affected by the attack.
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