AlphaTauri are being a “bit braver” with their set-up changes for the Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend.
The team had a mixed race last weekend in the British Grand Prix, with Daniil Kvyat crashing out in the early stages, after a tyre failed on his car, and Pierre Gasly finishing seventh.
This weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix also takes place at Silverstone, and spending a second week at the same track allows all of the teams to obtain more data than they normally would.
And having started Friday’s practice with a lot of data from the British Grand Prix, AlphaTauri has said they are able to be a “bit braver” with their set-up changes in order to extract more performance from their AT-01.
“We came to Silverstone for the second weekend in a row, which meant we could continue the set-up work that we started here at the last event, with the advantage that we know we have a good baseline to roll back on.” commented AlphaTauri Chief Race Engineer Jonathan Eddolls.
“We were able to be a bit braver with some of our set-up changes and we could push the envelope of the car a little bit more than you would on a normal Friday when you first hit the track for only one weekend, so we brought some new ideas on how to maximize the performance of the car that we’ve got.”
Kvyat and Gasly had decent practice sessions, with both cars on the fringes of the top ten in both FP1 and FP2 on Friday, but Eddolls admits a lot of work still needs to be done to ensure the team can get their strategy right with the softer compound tyres introduced for this weekend’s Grand Prix.
“The cars started the day exploring different directions and the performance we showed in FP1 was promising, so we could build on that for FP2 and make some further changes.” he added.
“The tyres this weekend are going to be one of the biggest topics: the C4 is quite aggressive, and there does not seem to be a big lap time difference between the C3 and the C4 for qualifying.
“You could see from FP2 that there were a range of tyre strategies across the grid, with some using the base tyre and others only the options, I think that’s going to make tomorrow very interesting.
“Now we have to look through all the data we gathered today to find the best tyre strategy and car set-up going into qualifying tomorrow and the race on Sunday.”