Jody Egginton, technical director of AlphaTauri Honda F1, explains that improving the low-speed corners of the 2021 F1 machine AT02 is the key to a turnaround.
Pierre Guthrie is one of the outstanding performers of the 2021 F1 season, having achieved the top six six times in qualifying and only missed Q3 once.
The pace of the AlphaTauri Honda AT02 enabled a shocking podium at the F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and Pierre Guthrie remains in eighth place in the driver ranking after the retirement of the F1 Styrian Grand Prix.
AlphaTauri Honda F1 got off to a good start of the season, but performance declined in two races in Portugal and Spain. Pierre Guthrie was barely able to finish in 10th place in both races, and teammate Yuki Tsunoda had no points.
AlphaTauri Honda F1 technical director Jody Egginton said the team asked “many questions” in those races and learned valuable lessons about the low-speed performance of the car.
Jody Egginton believes that the fact that the team managed to cure the car’s “laziness” in cornering is the key to making progress in the F1 midfield.
That approach made a big difference at the F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where Pierre Guthrie won his third F1 podium, and AlphaTauri is now fifth in the Constructors’ Championship, two points behind Aston Martin.
“After Portugal and Spain, we had some concerns about low-speed performance. We weren’t very happy,” Jody Egginton said in Austria.
“Then I went to Monaco and tried a little setup. It’s a rather unique circuit and I can’t always draw a lot of conclusions, but I think I learned wisely there.”
“And our attention focused on some balance, trying to make the car spin better at medium speeds without being a bit lazy, and in Baku the car spins well in low speed corners. The car seemed to spin pretty well. “
“Paul Ricard was challenging for everyone in terms of tires, track temperature and balance, and the car was difficult to drive but competitive. It was much more competitive than in previous years. So again, we felt we learned something. “
Jody Egginton pointed out that the team’s progress was evident even on Austria’s first race weekend. Pierre Guthrie was 6th in qualifying and Yuki Tsunoda was 8th. We started in 11th place with a grid penalty of 3rd place.
Pierre Guthrie retired after being carved by Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) on the opening lap, but Yuki Tsunoda, who started from 11th on the 3rd grid, finished in 10th place and scored points. ..
Jody Egginton said AlphaTauri was able to “answer some questions” at the Red Bull Ring and cure the machine’s major weaknesses.
“We put it all together. We know the nature of this place, we don’t have a lot of slow content, we have a lot of medium speed content. We need good stability and turnability, but it’s all together. “Jody Egginton added.
“It has a complete story. I think the engineers have put together all the lessons learned at the recent event. It worked very well. We feel we understand better.”
“We have answered some questions, and as a result the machine is faster.”