The matter has come up again ahead of the US Grand Prix, fresh after the fuss over possible bumps in Qatar. The soft ground on which the circuit of America was built has been causing problems for many years, but according to MotoGP Riders it is worse than ever.
According to Acrylia factory rider Alex Esperkaro, on October 1, the motorsport peak was on track, with bumps in turns 2 and 10 being too bad for the race. Most of his colleagues shared his opinion. Championship President Fabio Quartarro compared the track to a motocross track.
AlphaTauri leader Pierre Casley has closely followed the MotoGP race and thinks the problems for two-wheelers could be carried over to Formula 1. In particular, according to the Frenchman, his AT02 tuning will be a challenge:
“I think it’s going to be very complicated this weekend. I saw MotoGP a few weeks ago. The last time the bumps were so bad [op COTA] The reason is that they look even worse now. This will require some compromise from the organization, but we will not know until we get there. I didn’t care too much about it because our car currently works well everywhere. We need to avoid problems that can come around the corner, so we can narrow the gap with Alpine in the championship. “
Pierre’s statements refer to how the game works. Teams want a brand new path as tight as a billiard cloth to get maximum performance from their cars under the best conditions. In a world like that, unexpected bumps are unimaginable, making abrupt adjustment again a real challenge.
According to race leader Michael Masi, Cosley has nothing to worry about. The problems that arose in 2019 were solved by a new layer of asphalt after that race. However, MotoGP’s complaints are about other areas of the circuit. According to Masi, there is a solution to this:
“Basically what we did was, after the 2019 F1 event, much of the track was redone to address the issues we saw in 2019. One of the FIA’s Platinum Track Inspectors has already gone to Austin and made a report. There is time. So they do what they can within the allotted time. “
Sebastian Vettel hopes that they will see controls that destroy everything.
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