Discovering Navarra with Trident Racing In one week Auto GP will start its engines again after the summer break, ready to race on the new Navarra-Los Arcos track. So, besides the fight for the championship lead now in the hands of Edoardo ...
Discovering Navarra with Trident Racing
In one week Auto GP will start its engines again after the summer break, ready to race on the new Navarra-Los Arcos track.
So, besides the fight for the championship lead now in the hands of Edoardo Piscopo, a lot of interest will be on the new circuit, completed in the first months of 2010 and unveiled last June with a big event gathering more that 30.000 people on the grandstands.
Auto GP will be the first "four wheel" championship to race on the spanish track and while holding the maiden race on a new circuit is always a prestigious happening for a series, this will mean a lot of work for the teams. With no benchmarks and no data, they will have to start from scratch, something that will require the engineers to use all their skills to find the right set-up for the car.
To understand how the teams are preparing the Spanish weekend we decided to ask a Technical Director. Stefano Alessi, from Trident Racing, is very clear on the odds that an outfit must face while coping with a completely unknown track: "At the moment, what we have is just an idea of the track. We took the circuit infos (turns radius, slope) and we put those in our simulation software to get the first datas to work on. Anyway, we will really understand what to do only when we will get in Los Arcos. At the moment we don't have a clue on some important areas, like the grip level of the tarmac or how smooth is the surface, even if we expect that being a new track it will be perfect".
Alessi thinks that the track will provide a good show: "Looking at the layout and watching some Youtube videos I had a very good impression. The track is very interesting, with uphills and downhills, something that is not so common in the new circuits you can find around".
The Trident TD agreed to explain us the track features with a virtual lap: "The main straight is slightly uphill, and there's a first turn that should be taken at full throttle. If this will be the case, the following braking will be very hard, bringing the drivers in the corners 2-3, that will be driven like a single big corner. From there the track goes downhill, leading to one of the most difficult sequences of the track: turns 5, 6 and 7 can suit very different lines, so I expect to see quite a show there during the race. Exit from turn 8 will be very important because the following straight is quite long, and then the drivers will find another difficult section: turns 10 and 11 will be tricky to understand and I'm sure that the best drivers will make a difference there. The rest of the track is quite conventional but everybody will put a lot of attention on turn 15, where the key will be getting a good exit not to lose time on the main straight".
What will be the right aero set-up? "Even if the straight is long, I don't think that Navarra is a low-downforce track. There are too many corners, you would end up losing too much time there".