Curitiba: Alex Zanardi weekend summary

STEEP BEGINNING... BUT WE'LL MAKE IT! Hi everybody, My natural optimism has been put to the test by Curitiba's weekend. Nor myself neither my brand-mates would have ever imagined such a strong performance from our rivals of Seat. We have to ...

STEEP BEGINNING... BUT WE'LL MAKE IT!

Hi everybody,

My natural optimism has been put to the test by Curitiba's weekend. Nor myself neither my brand-mates would have ever imagined such a strong performance from our rivals of Seat. We have to sportively send them our compliments and take our hats off and all the discussions on the fact that Curitiba is at 1000mt on the sea level and therefore this penalyzes our aspirated engines are worthless. Tarquini, Yvan Muller, Gene and company were flying both on straights and corners and they deserve the merit for this.

Despite all difficulties, I am proud for representing BMW in a championship that has always seen our brand as protagonist. Technicians that designed our car are the same that developed some infallible models of the past years and their skills are always the same. I am strongly convinced that they will wisely react to organize the right sportive counter-charge.

It is fairly unlikely that this is gonna happen since the next race, since the Mexican round of Puebla has never brought anything good in terms of our car's performances.

Nevertheless, I am convinced that starting from the third race at Marrakech, we will have the material to be back among the protagonists and, I hope I can be one of the most representative standard-bearer of our "group counter-charge".

On a personal level, I spent my weekend changing a setup that was never satisfactory and to find out the origin of an engine problem that penalized a lot my acceleration and my top speed. I appreciated all the efforts of technicians that worked to solve my problems and the power loss due to the altitude combined with the 30Kg ballast imposed by rule for using the sequential gearbox is the only plausible reason to explain why my BMW was evidently struggling in accelerating as other BMWs.

Obviously, I still hope that the reason is another one and a further data reading will help us in identifying it 'clearing' the choice of using the sequential gearbox, that now I would struggle to forgiving me should it turn out to be a gross mistake, especially after having several testing days to evaluate it.

Anyway, we take the blow and we get back to work: I know that after analyzing all data, choosing setups and modifying all what is needed to get back competitive my team and I will find again your support and this is why I greet you all with affection!

Ciaooo, talk to you soon,

-credit: alex zanardi

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Series WTCC
Drivers Alex Zanardi , Yvan Muller