RaceFans Round-up: F1 drivers will have to avoid Montreal’s kerbs in new cars

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2022 cars must avoid kerb-riding in Montreal

Drivers will be forced to abandon their kerb riding approach to the Canadian circuit because of the stiffer 2019 cars, Gasly predicted. “This year the Montreal circuit will be really challenging, especially with these new cars that are very stiff, much more so than their predecessors,” he said.

“The big kerbs and the high speeds will be a real test as will the final corner and the famous Wall of Champions. We will have to avoid the kerbs a lot more, whereas in the past you needed to ride over them to do a quick lap. “

Gasly is not confident his team will be as competitive at this temporary venue as they were at the previous two. “Although it’s another street circuit like the last two races, it’s a much faster layout with quicker corners,” he said, making it “on paper” more difficult for AlphaTauri.

Norris ‘wants to believe’ McLaren improvement is not track-specific

Lando Norris is hoping McLaren’s in-season improvements show an overall gain and are not track-specific. “I want to believe, and I think I have some confidence in saying that we’ve improved the car throughout most of these areas. And what we need now is in general, just a whole package upgrade.

“It’s handling reasonably well. There’s definitely types of characteristics that I, personally, as a driver, I still want more from the car and it’s just hard to go in that direction. “

However, Norris cautioned that the full range of the calendar’s tracks had yet to be seen. “I think there are still some slightly tougher areas maybe. I want to believe in general we probably improved the car, on average, through all the tracks.

“There’s still a few which we are yet to go to, which we struggled at a lot last season. And I think that’s a bit different in terms of characteristics to other ones we’ve been, places like Zandvoort and things like that, so we’re still yet to explore all of the ranges of types of corners and tracks and so on. “

Alfa Romeo will solve soft tire warm-up for Canada – Pujolar

Bottas should have a quicker car this weekend

Alfa Romeo’s head of trackside engineering, Xevi Pujolar, is confident the team will be able to maximize performance from their first push laps in Canada after struggling to turn on the soft tires during Baku qualifying.

Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu were eliminated in Q2 after both drivers needed a second push-lap to bring the C5 soft tires into the optimal temperature window. It came after the team experienced similar challenges with the C5 in Monaco.

With the three softest compounds in Pirelli’s tires range being used again in Montreal this weekend, Pujolar is confident the team will be able to turn their tires on more quickly.

“In Monaco, we had some difficulties, but that was different, Pujolar explained. “We’ve been working since Monaco. We changed the configuration of the car.

“If you see what the level of performance we had with Zhou – because with Valtteri we have something different – then we can say that the problems from Monaco were gone. Now [in Baku], some competitors are able to extract more performance from the first timed lap. For us, for the first timed lap, we were struggling more. We were getting performance from the second push lap. This is something that we are working on.

“I think we are getting there in Q2, but then we cannot make more progress. I think for Montreal, we don’t see a reason why we should not be on top of it. But the problems from Monaco, they are gone. “

Caldwell calls debut F1 test “unbelievable”

Formula 2 driver and Alpine Academy member Olli Caldwell said his first F1 test at Silverstone yesterday was “unbelievable”. He drove a 2021-specification Alpine A521 at the home of the British Grand Prix.

“I’m quite speechless, to be honest,” said Caldwell. “There’s nothing I could even compare it to, it was everything I expected and more. There’s nothing you can really do to prepare for how it feels.

“It’s incomparable to F2, even though it’s just one category up. Just everything is more – the speed, the downforce, the braking, everything. The buttons – there’s probably 50 more buttons than I’m used to, so. A lot better. I’m looking forward to the step up if it ever comes. “

Formula 2 will race at Silverstone in two weeks’ time. Caldwell expects the test will pay off when he returns.

“Just because everything’s quicker and you have to work harder and faster to make the maximum of the car. So I think going back to F2, the car’s slower so it should give me more time to think. I’m looking forward to coming back here and racing and seeing how the track feels compared to F1. “

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