Cars despite defects in Jidda: Szafnauer surprised by good reliability

10:45  04 april  2022
10:45  04 april  2022 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer awaits in the formula 1 season 2022 more problems with reliability and is surprised that is surprised In the first two days of the season no more cars have failed - though it had caught four riders on the second race in Jedda.

Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) and Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) prevailed almost simultaneously, Yuki Tsunoda (Alphatauri) could not start. Already in qualifying, the Japanese had not been able to rotate a single flying round.

For Alonso, it was already the second engine problem after Bahrain. However, he could still end the race in Sachir. For Szafnauer, the defects of the fact are due that the cars are brand new this year and that the engine manufacturers were forced to bring possible developments as soon as possible before the Freeze on March 1st.

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"One has 100 percent new parts in the car, which is rare," he says. "Usually you take a proper percentage of parts. And if you take care of parts, then they have proven themselves in terms of reliability."

"In addition, everyone knew that a motorsfreeze preferable. So every engine manufacturer has made changes, and if you make changes, both at the car and on the engine, then such things happen, especially when you push for performance," says SzaFnauer. "

For him, it is therefore surprising that there were no more problems with defects: "Everyone really worked well with reliability," he praises. "Do you remember the good old days? At the first race, eight cars or six cars came to the finish. And with this completely new package and the changes for the engine I am astonished how well the cars are."

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