Loose pipe to blame for AlphaTauri issues on Wednesday

AlphaTauri has confirmed that a loose pipe cost the team a couple of hours on Wednesday morning’s pre-season Formula 1 test.

The Faenza-based team discovered an issue in the data on Pierre Gasly’s car on Wednesday morning and the AT01 was confined to the garage for the majority of the morning whilst the team investigated the cause of the problem.

Having gone through the data, the team discovered that the issue was caused by a loose pipe, and once this was repaired, Gasly was able to head out on to the track for the final hour, completing a total of 25 laps.

Due to the loss of time, AlphaTauri decided to move around their testing programme for the day, and once Gasly got out on to the track he completed a series of shorter runs, setting a best time of 1m17.540s, the fifth fastest time of the day.

Talking about Wednesday’s test, AlphaTauri Chief Race Engineer, Jonathan Eddolls commented: “We chose to split the day with Pierre driving in the morning and Daniil in the afternoon, but the test didn’t get off to the flying start we had hoped for, as during the first run we noticed an issue on the data.

“On inspection, a pipe had come loose which cost us almost a couple of hours, so we had to compress Pierre’s programme to a series of shorter runs across the C3 and C4 tyres.

“Because of the problem we had this morning, we moved the normal start of day aero rake running to Daniil’s runs straight after lunch to gather the valuable aero data.

“After that, Daniil had a trouble-free afternoon and was able to cover some further setup tuning over both short and long runs before closing the day with performance runs on the C3 compound.

With the morning not going to plan for Gasly, the 24-year-old admitted that his condensed session was “intense”, and that his team needs to be as “efficient as possible” for the remainder of the test.

“We had a little issue this morning which compromised our session.” said Gasly.

“For sure it wasn’t ideal as we had planned more laps and we lost some mileage, but these things happen, and we recovered as much as we could in the final hour.

“It was an intense end to the session as we explored different setup directions for the car with the little time we had.

“There were a couple of interesting things which Daniil continued working on this afternoon.

“We’ll try to maximize every opportunity we have left on track to learn more about the car, I feel there’s a lot more to come, but everyone has the same amount of track time so we need to be as efficient as possible.”