AlphaTauri: solving low-speed corners issues key to 2021 performance

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JUNE 27: Pierre Gasly of Scuderia AlphaTauri and France during the F1 Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring on June 27, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202106270567 // Usage for editorial use only //

Jody Egginton, AlphaTauri’s Technical director, has explained that their competitiveness in the midfield is a result of reducing the car’s “laziness” out of low-speed corners.

The team has made huge leaps in development this season as we both their cars competitive in the midfield. The team did, however, struggle in Spain as well as Portimão.

Egginton has revealed that their struggles are caused by the car’s stability out of low-speed corners.

He praised his engineers for the efforts they have put in fixing these problems: “We sort of put all that together and knowing the nature of this place, not so much low-speed content, a lot of medium speed, and you need good stability and rotation and it’s all come together.

“So, there’s a full story. I think the engineers have put everything together, all of the lessons we’ve learned in recent events, and it’s worked quite well. We feel we’ve got a better understanding.

“We’ve answered a few questions and the car’s going quicker as a result of it.”

Egginton shared that the team did have serious concerns after their performance at Portimão and Barcelona. However, he felt the team was making progress in the correct direction. Especially, after a strong performance at Monaco. Egginton also shared that they have taken the right steps forward as the changes made seemed to help them secure their podium at Baku.

“After Portugal and Spain we had some concerns on our low-speed performance. We were not fantastically happy.

“Then we went into Monaco and we played around with a setup a bit. It’s a bit of a unique circuit and you can’t always take too many conclusions, but we thought we did some sensible learning there.

“And then our attention focused to a few of the balances and trying to get the car to be a little bit less lazy and rotate better in the medium speed, and [in] Baku we had good car rotation at low-speed corners, the car seemed to rotate quite nicely.

“Paul Ricard was challenging for everybody with tires and track temperatures and balance, but although the car was difficult to drive, it was competitive, far more competitive than we’ve been in the previous years. So again, we felt we learned something.”

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