Lewis Hamilton says AlphaTauri have done “an amazing job this year” and he is happy that Pierre Gasly “has a good car underneath him”.
So far in 2021 AlphaTauri has looked pretty good. During the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend the team had strong pace, and at the end of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix FP2, Pierre Gasly has finished third, just 0.068s behind Valtteri Bottas in P1.
While everybody is talking up Red Bull’s pace, Lewis Hamilton is turning his sights to their sister team AlphaTauri.
“Positioning is quite important here, it’s very hard to follow at this track,” the Briton said.
“So nailing the set-up and really maximising tomorrow is going to be important. But AlphaTauri, they’ve done an amazing job this year and are looking incredibly fast.
“It’s really great that Pierre has a good car underneath him and excited to see him up there.”
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With Mercedes finishing in P1 & P2 in both FP sessions, Hamilton believes the cooler conditions at Imola played a part in the team’s improved performance.
“I think the team has definitely worked really hard to try and understand what happened in the last race where we were weak and see if we can try and tweak the car a little bit better with set-up.
“I think the track has also come a little bit more in our direction. When it’s this cool, it’s obviously a nice day, but the last place we were at in Bahrain obviously it’s so warm, so when you go out already the temperatures are going up, they’re overheating from entry, through middle, to exit of each corner.
“Whereas here you’re kind of in a nice sweet spot in temperature so it’s not so bad,” concluded the seven-time champion.