Problems on Pirelli Soft for both pilots, who trust in the use of the hardest compounds for the race
After the excellent podium in Melbourne in front of Ferrari, this time the roles seem reversed and it is the Red Bull that did not find the crux of the Hank, between the curves of a track quite different as Sakhir. Strangely enough for a team that makes the chassis skills its strength, there have been considerable problems in making “work” properly the softer tires brought by Pirelli, soft “red”.
We fought with balancing the machine all weekend, especially with the softer tire. In qualifying I had a lot of over-steering and the car was slipping every time I gave power, which made it difficult to predict what to do in terms of balance and face curves.
My single lap in Q3 was a ride to “all or nothing” and I do not think I left anything back. Of Course, I am not happy to be behind Ferrari and Mercedes, but I am almost happy to be fifth, because after Q1 and Q2 it seemed like we could not fight for that.
It will be interesting tomorrow: in the race we should be more competitive as our longest runs with averages have shown good performance, so far…Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Pilot
Pierre Gasly is even more hopeful for the race, also because he can set a strategy on different compounds, and explains:
The machine has a good potential, so we just have to find the direction to get the best on this track. Here in the race you can recover, so tomorrow we will push massively: we want to get points and a better result than thisPierre Gasly Red Bull Racing Team Pilot
Verstappen: DRS makes hard to overtake
Max Verstappen thinks the penalty of racing in turbulent air is always present and has repercussions on the management of tires. If anything, to have shown a significantly higher efficacy than the past is DRS.
You always have to handle the tires, because as soon as you get close to the car they overheat.
It is still very difficult to follow other machines. The only positive thing, which has been improved, is the DRS effect.
As soon as you activate it, the effect is much more powerful than in the past, but in following other machines there is always a lot of turbulenceMax Verstappen RedBull Racing Team Pilot
The initial signals are encouraging, also because, overtaking apart, we have seen exciting battles.
Clearly, they are not all due to the new aerodynamics, given the performance of teams of half-deployment blatantly close.
However, several pilots commented on how the machine is more neutral when it follows another, than in previous years.
The Australian track, then, is not the most accurate verification bench, so I prefer to wait at least three more races before drawing any conclusions. But The first signs are encouragingMax Verstappen RB15 Pilot
Effects that will be possible to measure only on fast turns on which the aerodynamic load is preponderant.