The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is scheduled to be held in Imola, Italy this weekend. Former Formula One driver Robert Doornbos scored 5 points in the second race of the season.
Back to the first Grand Prix weekend of the year. In Bahrain, who surprised you the most?
“After the test day, people’s expectations have been fulfilled. In recent years, we have often been misled during the winter, but now it turns out that the test at Mercedes has not been completely smooth. At Red Bull, it looks very good.”
“I think Max Verstappen responded very well behind the scenes. He must have said to Red Bull: I must do it immediately, otherwise I am a free agent. The Bahrain match confirmed to me that Red Bull is against each other and we really Will have a wonderful season.”
Do you dare to say which team currently has the fastest car?
“It’s not a situation where a team can be far ahead. Each tour situation may be different. As far as Imola is concerned, a new adventure starts here, but I’m sure Red Bull will be here soon.”
“To beat Mercedes, you need not only the best driver and the best car, but also an unmistakable team. In Bahrain, Max’s driving style is beyond dispute, but strategically speaking, Red Bull failed. . This will soon become important. Sergio Pérez will find contact.”
“If you want to beat Lewis Hamilton, everything must be right. He may not always get honors, but we also have to remember that he certainly drove a great race in Bahrain.”
Compared with Verstappen, Mercedes is a few tenths behind in qualifying. Can this gap be closed in three weeks?
“The pace of development of Formula One racing is always at an alarming speed. When looking for the cause of Mercedes’ pace, the changes around the floor were specifically pointed out.”
“But there will always be more things happening in Formula One. This is a combination of factors that Mercedes must work on. At the same time, they are of course also busy on the Red Bull team.
The team is moving from the hot Bahrain to the cold Imola. On Sunday, the standard temperature for Formula One cars will drop to 10 degrees. To what extent is it difficult for the team to respond to this?