Giancarlo Minardi, founder and former owner of the team from Faenza, now called AlphaTauri, is very pleased with her victory at Monza, thanks to Pierre Gasly, and considers it a success for all of Italy..
Q: Giancarlo, yesterday your former team won the race at Monza …
Giancarlo Minardi: No, this is a victory for all of Italy. After the finish, our anthem sounded, but above all in honor of AlphaTauri, because the team employs a lot of Italian engineers, although it now belongs to the Austrians. Faenza has won a victory for the whole country, that’s great!
Yesterday I received a lot of congratulatory messages, although I am only part of her story. I founded Minardi in 1979 and the Formula 1 team debuted in 1985 and competed in the World Championship for 21 years.
Question: But the foundations of this success were laid by you …
Giancarlo Minardi: In recent years, the team has developed very rapidly, the qualifications of employees have grown, the infrastructure has improved, new technologies have appeared. I am proud to have contributed, because the team is still based in Faenza, that the people working in it know how to achieve their goal, and now the name of our city has become known to the whole world.
Yesterday’s victory at Monza brought back memories of the first success achieved by Sebastian Vettel in 2008.
Q: We can say that Minardi / Toro Rosso / AlphaTauri is a forge of young talents. What do you think, shouldn’t the Red Bull management think about castling back and take Gasley again instead of Elbon?
Giancarlo Minardi: It’s strange that only Max Verstappen knows how to pilot a Red Bull car. Everyone else does it worse. There is something wrong, and I do not want to blame Elbon for this, because last year he played well at the wheel of the Toro Rosso, while Gasley had problems when he was Max’s partner. Although it is clear that Verstappen is a cool racer who understands how to tune this car, while others do not succeed.
Q: You after all back in 2010 advised Ferrari to take Carlos Sainz to his racing academy, and yesterday he was close to winning the race …
Giancarlo Minardi: What he does on the track behind the wheel of a racing car proves that I’m right. Carlos is a real talent, and if it weren’t for the red flags, he would have won. Of course, AlphaTauri did a great job and they were lucky too. Although I’m glad that McLaren returns to the group of leaders.
As for Ferrari, they are probably already rubbing their hands, rejoicing in advance that they will receive such a driver as Sainz, but first in Maranello they must put things in order.
Q: Continuing the Ferrari theme, do you think the Parabolica cornering accident was the fault of Charles Leclair?
Giancarlo Minardi: Leclair gave all his best on the track, and to some extent is also to blame for what happened. Although I don’t think he would have been able to stay ahead of AlphaTauri and McLaren in such a car. I also sympathize with Sebastian Vettel, who dropped out of the fight due to a technical problem.
Question It is also worthwhile to sympathize with Alfa Romeo – this team made a mistake by putting soft rubber on their cars instead of Medium, but this tactic did not work out …
Giancarlo Minardi: Yes, it was a self-destructive tactic, but Alfa Romeo’s strategists often make mistakes. However, we saw that yesterday at Monza even the Mercedes team was wrong.
Question: Mick Schumacher is making progress in Formula 2, he is one of the contenders for the title – maybe Alfa Romeo should offer him a contract for 2021, and at the end of this season invite him to tests?
Giancarlo Minardi: Miku needs to work on improving the stability of the results while he performs unevenly. However, he has all the necessary makings, and in Formula 1 he will be comfortable. You just need to get rid of some of the shortcomings, and then he will be able to measure his strength with the best racers.
Q: Do you think he can become Kimi Raikkonen’s partner in Alfa Romeo?
Giancarlo Minardi: Personally, I prefer young drivers to come to Formula 1. I think it’s time for Kimi to retire. Although Antonio Giovinazzi is not inferior to the Finn in speed, in Spa he made a mistake and let the team down. I may be a little biased, but I prefer to rely on the youth.
Q: Yesterday’s race in Monza was the last, when on the captain’s bridge of the Williams team were representatives of the Williams family …
Giancarlo Minardi: Yes, this is a sad moment, and it will go down in history. Turned over the last page of that chapter of the history of Formula 1, to which I was involved, but now all this is in the past …