Alonso: Ferrari and Williams will fight for the podium at Monza
Based on the nature of the track and previous races, Fernando Alonso sees two teams with a long history as the biggest source of danger at Monza.
After four unsuccessful races, Aston Martin is back on the podium at Zandvoort. Fernando Alonso has been waved off second place, just as his last three finishes in Canada have been. The Spaniard states with satisfaction that the improvements they made to the pitch over the weekend have worked, but remains cautious about whether their improvement is really due to this alone.
“We don’t have a specific target for Monza, we’ll see how the car performs on the track. At the beginning of the year we were worried about this race because our car was fast in the corners but slow in the straights. Since then, we’ve improved a lot, but we’re still a bit afraid of this track.” From this point”. – said Alonso, adding that Singapore, Austin and Mexico would be more suitable for them.
While they were Red Bull early adopters a week ago, the veteran doesn’t see it impossible that several opponents could make them sweat more at the Italian Grand Prix. According to him, both Williams and Ferrari will be able to compete in the “Temple of Speed”.
“I think there are two teams that stand out here. One is Williams, thanks to their straight pace all year, and the other is Ferrari. In Canada, there were long straights and short corners, and they were very fast in those corners. So those two teams are going to be the biggest challenge for us. And they will be able to compete for the podium.
As for Aston Martin, according to Alonso, it’s still not clear why it fell in the middle of summer. “I don’t know. Sometimes, at the start of a weekend, you feel like the car isn’t responding to what you’re doing. You’re not happy with how he’s behaving in the corners, so you don’t unite with him. Then you change some things in the settings, one axle gets better, the other gets worse .
“You balance on a fine line, and you’ll never be satisfied. It happened to us many times in July. It might be because of the package we were using at the time. We had some ideas about our difficulties, but no clear explanation yet.” . He said.
According to the news, his team deviated from the right path with the developments. After Canada, they took the trend to form their own floor slabs, which, in addition to the required improvement, also brought unexpected negative effects. They tried to improve their top speed and in the process ran into balance problems in the turns. According to performance engineer Tom McCullough, they have since managed to rectify this: the new floorboard used at Zandvoort has brought a definite improvement.
In addition, according to rumours, they also tried to play flexing on the fly in contact with the front wing of the nose starting from Barcelona, and this also backfired. Of course, this has not been confirmed by the team.