Pierre Guthrie says the biggest weakness of Scuderia AlphaTauri’s 2022 F1 machine “AT03” is its lack of aerodynamic efficiency.
Pierre Guthrie is 13th in the Drivers’ Championship with 6 points in the opening 5 races. This is 10 points less than the points earned in the first five races of 2021.
Scuderia AlphaTauri’s best result for the 2022 season so far is Yuki Tsunoda’s 7th place finish at the Emilia Romagna GP.
When asked which areas needed to be improved, Pierre Guthrie pointed out the aerodynamic efficiency of the AT03, but the team “brought nothing this weekend” for the upgrade, so a short-term solution was available. I emphasized that it was not.
“I think we know it’s mostly aerodynamic,” Pierre Guthrie told Racefans. “We know it’s the main thing.”
“The main thing is to find more load from the floor, make it more efficient, reduce druffs and increase the load on the car. We are doing it in wind tunnel, CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics). Is planned, but there is no short-term plan. “
Pierre Guthrie believes the AT03 is a “pretty good” car, but says he will continue to struggle with the lack of grip in low-speed corners until the team finds a way to generate more downforce.
“At this point the front desk isn’t as strong as I want,” explained Pierre Guthrie.
“I’m having a hard time turning around, especially in medium and low speed corners.”
“The rest is purely a slide. At high speeds, the four wheels just slide and can’t keep up with the speed of others. I don’t think it’s a secret. It’s an area that needs to be improved. We know it’s one of them. “
“Mechanically, I think the car is pretty good. I can always find a better solution, but at this point I know that the car needs more load.”
Yuki Tsunoda expects Barcelona to be a challenging weekend for Scuderia AlphaTauri, as rivals are expected to bring significant upgrades to the car at the Spanish Grand Prix.
“I think it will be a difficult weekend,” said Yuki Tsunoda. “It will definitely be a tough battle.”
“We aren’t leading those fights, especially a bit back compared to last year. As Pierre says, we haven’t planned any updates in these races, so we’re especially in Q3. , You need to maximize performance every time you want to compete for points. “
“For example, I’ve heard that Alpine is launching new updates, and so are Alfa Romeo and Haas, so it’s going to be difficult.”
“But at the same time, both cars made it to Q3 last time. We have a pretty nice car and I hope the performance will last quite a long time until the next new update. Until then. We will provide as much feedback as possible and work with the team to provide the right direction for the right updates for the next time. “