FFernando Alonso is clear: “Our car is quite good at managing the rebound effect“. The famous ‘pouring‘ has become the most repeated word of the last days in the world of Formula 1. Even more so after the vivid images in Bak, where the pilots complained about the consequences of the single-seaters bouncing so much.
The grid is revolutionized by the pain caused among the drivers in recent races, especially in the back. Even more so in the Mercedes team, where they try to solve the problem as soon as possible. He even saw his own Lewis Hamilton very sore at the end of the race.
Formula 1 returns this weekend to Canada after the Covid prevented the arrival of the single-seaters at one of the most emblematic circuits on the calendar, the Gilles Villeneuve.
“It’s going to be different at each circuit, for example in Jeddah it was very smooth, in Australia, too, and nobody said anything there. It will be very difficult for all the teams to agree to change”, Alonso analyzes with reference to that rebound effect.
Nevertheless, Alpine seems to be the team that tolerates the best this new ‘enemy’ of the pilots. “I didn’t feel it too much in Bak and we focused more on managing tire degradation, especially the rear ones,” admits the two-time world champion. A message that calls for optimism in the face of the arrival of the single-seaters at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit. The high speed on the straights could benefit the French team in this next round of the world championship.
Alonso, meanwhile, celebrates the important points scored in the last race. “He was a good result for us to finish seventh in Bak”, he admits.
UNDERSTAND THE CAR
“I think we have made the most of our car and the opportunities that other single-seaters have given us,” adds the Spaniard upon his arrival in Canada.
Despite that seventh place, Alpine is aware that there is still a lot of work to be done. “We have to better understand our car and why are we experiencing differences from Friday to Sunday,” Fernando Alonso reflects.
Something that his teammate also shares, Stephen Ocon. “We have shown to be fast in a straight line, so we hope that this will help us this weekend. The objective will be to have a calm weekend”, analyzes the French driver.