Most MotoGP stars complained loudly about the bumps on their Austin visit. The Formula 1 stars expect a slightly easier game – not least because the track was being worked on.
A few weeks ago the MotoGP aces were out on the “Circuit of the Americas” – most of the motorcycle pros complained after the first few laps about the bumps that made life difficult for them. The Formula 1 drivers also know that the Texas circuit is one of the most uneven slopes on the World Cup calendar, but they expect an easier game, because they have been working on the track since they visited the two-wheelers’ premier class.
Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi says: “Nobody can say for sure how it is now, and on our last visit to Austin in the 2019 season it was certainly very, very difficult with the many bumps. I watch the motorcycle world championship races and the MotoGP stars have complained a lot about it. But it should certainly be better for us than in the MotoGP race. There was also work on the track, so I hope it’s okay. ”
AlphaTauri talent Pierre Gasly, who is one of the biggest MotoGP fans in the paddock, also refers to the complaints of the motorcycle pros: “I follow the MotoGP races and Fabio Quartararo’s career because he is a friend of mine. The bumps were a problem in the motorcycle world championship, we should probably do a little better because adjustments have been made since then, so I expect it should be easier for us. ”
His French compatriot Esteban Ocon agrees: “I think we all saw how much trouble the MotoGP riders had, but we’re on four wheels, so it shouldn’t be that bad for us.” At the same time, the Alpine pilot emphasizes: “But we also want routes with character, and the bumps are part of that. We’re not here to make things as easy as possible. ”
Ferrari star Carlos Sainz takes the same line. He explains: “The bumps are part of the nature of the track, but of course there is a limit which means that it is no longer a matter of skill, but of luck to survive it safely. There is also a pain threshold with regard to the transmission, but in general I like the bumps if they are not too annoying. ”
Valtteri Bottas’ verdict is similar, who makes it clear: “During our last visit here it was at the limit, but it was still okay. The bumps make the whole thing trickier, and the limit is when it gets really painful, because the body is shaken up quite a bit when you drive over such an uneven slope. At a certain point it’s no longer fun. Let’s see how it turns out. If I understood correctly, the route was being worked on. “