Scuderia AlphaTauri’s Pierre Guthrie says the 2022 F1 machine AT03 is a “friend” in low-speed corners and an “enemy” in high-speed corners.
The F1 will be a new generation F1 car that moved to the ground effect aerodynamic concept in 2022, hoping that Pierre Guthrie and other midfield teams could close the gap with F1’s front runners.
But the reality is different, and Pierre Guthrie recently commented that “the top three are another world.” Last year he had the potential to qualify for Ferrari, Red Bull and even Mercedes, but he lamented, “I can’t do anything this year.”
One of the big problems facing Scuderia AlphaTauri is the nature of this year’s AT03, which is not good at high speed corners.
“The slow corners are our friends and the fast corners are ours,” Pierre Guthrie told Auto Motor und Sport.
In other words, Pierre Guthrie won the season’s best 5th place at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, but finished at 14 at the Canadian Grand Prix without any involvement in the fight.
Pierre Guthrie is in 11th place in the Drivers’ Championship with 16 points, with only three top 10 finishes this season. His teammate Yuki Tsunoda is in 15th place with 11 points.
“The only thing that helps is an upgrade that removes our weaknesses,” Pierre Guthrie added.
But that won’t happen until July, when Scuderia AlphaTauri is expected to introduce a major update to AT03. In the meantime, Pierre Guthrie and Yuki Tsunoda have to fight with what they have.
“That’s why it’s even more important that all processes are fully functional,” continued Pierre Guthrie.
“At Baku, we have shown that if we do everything right, we can be the fourth fastest team. It has to be good everywhere.”
“You can’t control bad luck, but you can control mistakes.”