The AlphaTauri press service has prepared a short video clip in which the chief engineer and the team’s riders talk about the peculiarities of the Nurburgring and how Faenza is preparing for the upcoming weekend.
Guillaume Desotte, Chief Engineer: “The Nürburgring is a challenging track with an interesting combination of slow, medium and fast corners. The last time we were there was in 2013, and in general, preparing for the races, we refer to the information received in previous years to understand in what conditions the car will work.
If we see that there are very steep curbs on the track, or if, using a tool such as a simulator, we can calculate what lateral g-forces are expected, how intense the braking will be to check if the suspension will work under normal conditions, or what – those moments when the risk of breakage is not excluded, then we look at what needs to be done in order to optimally prepare the equipment.
Of course, first of all, the car must be fast, so you need to understand what options are there in order to achieve this. In particular, we look at what level of downforce is needed, how to adjust the rear wing, what the brakes should be, how to get the right rubber temperature. Before the race, our engineers analyze all these points, and this helps to determine the basic settings. “
Daniil Kvyat: “This is an interesting track, very old-school, there are unusual long-term turns, and it is not yet known what the weather will be like in October. Maybe it will snow! (laughs) Anyway, it’s great that we are playing on this legendary track. “
Pierre Gasly: “Yes, it is quite technical, and there is a little bit of everything: there are high-speed sections, and slow ones, there is intense braking. Personally, I like the 1st turn, it is unique in its own way, because in the braking zone the track goes downhill – a rather difficult place.
At one time I performed on this track in Formula Renault 3.5, but in Formula 1 cars it should make an even stronger impression. I remember once I was racing there in the rain, and it was cool!
It was very difficult: on the reverse straight after a long hairpin, the track goes uphill, and there is a chicane, which we overcome on slicks at full speed, but in the rain I could hardly keep the car on the track. But I don’t mind if the weather is rainy this weekend. “